Sunday 25 August 2019

Man (22) stole two valuable cars from Dublin home and possessed €28,000 worth of cannabis

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Sarah-Jane Murphy

A Dublin man has been jailed for stealing two valuable cars and having €28,000 worth of cannabis.

Wayne Gilligan (22) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the theft of two family cars from a house in Swords on January 3 2016.

Gilligan of Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin also pleaded guilty to possession for sale or supply of €28,600 worth of cannabis at his home on January 9th 2016.

Judge Melanie Greally noted the significant impact the theft had on the car owners, which including leading them to be fearful for their personal security.

She imposed a four year sentence but suspended the last 18 months.

Judge Greally said that Gilligan's serious drug addiction meant that he kept “extremely menacing company”, had incurred significant debts and received death threats.

She said she was giving him credit for his early guilty plea in relation to both offences, his young age and his co-operation with the gardaí during their investigation.

Judge Greally said she accepted that the offences were committed in the context of addiction and debt, coupled with the fact that Gilligan knew his life was in danger.

She said the defendant, who has been in custody for 20 months has made significant attempts to recover from his drug addiction and to reform his life.

Judge Greally directed that Gilligan take up a bed in Coolmine Residential Centre for addiction treatment when one becomes available.

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