Wednesday 13 December 2017

Copper wire ram raider jailed

Sonya McLean

A MAN who was part of a gang that rammed three warehouses to steal over €22,000 worth of copper wire has been jailed for this and handling two stolen cars.

Joseph McEvoy (46) admitted to the crime when gardai, responding to the incident, stopped him driving a damaged Ford Transit van and found the wire in the back.

He said he and a group of other men had rammed the premises in the Coolmine Industrial Estate before stealing almost €6,000 worth of copper wiring.

The gang had caused €2,500 worth of damage to the building.

Garda Alan Reddy told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that while McEvoy was being interviewed by gardai about this burglary he admitted to a similar raid carried out the previous month where over €6,000 worth of copper wiring had been taken.

He also made admissions to a third burglary, again carried out in a similar manner, in which over €10,000 of copper wire had been stolen.

The court also heard that McEvoy had allowed his photograph to be taken by a man whom he was selling a stolen Volkswagen Passat to. The man later showed the image to gardai which led to his nomination as a suspect.

McEvoy was arrested the following month when he tried to sell another stolen vehicle, an Audi A4, to the first customer’s brother.

It was accepted in court that he was the front man in the operation and had been promised a small fee for selling the cars.

McEvoy of Primrose Grove, Darndale, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the three burglaries in the Coolmine and Ballycoolin Industrial Estates on dates between March 29 and April 12, 2011.

He also admitted to handling the two stolen vehicles on November 3 and December 19, 2011.

McEvoy was on bail for the burglaries when he was caught with the stolen cars. He has 24 previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan jailed McEvoy for consecutive terms totalling two and half years after accepting he was involved with other people in the burglaries and was the front man in relation to selling on the cars.

He accepted that McEvoy did have a “sad personal life” but has overcome many of his difficulties.

Judge Nolan further accepted that McEvoy was pressured into getting involved in the offences for a small reward.

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