Man cleared of killing is jailed for burglaries
AN "incorrigible burglar" previously acquitted of the killing of publican Matt Farrell has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for a string of pub break-ins.
According to his own counsel, Eddie Wing (31) was a source of significant criminality in the midlands. He was caught and charged with five burglaries committed over a two-month period.
Yesterday Superintendent Pat Murray told court that Wing committed the break-ins to fund the drugs habits of a local group of heroin users.
Last March a jury found Wing, of Roscrea, Co Tipperary, not guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Farrell during a burglary in his pub in Daingean, Co Offaly, in April 2009.
Wing pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a string of burglaries at pubs in Offaly, Westmeath and Laois in early 2009.
Wing has 46 previous convictions including six other pub burglaries, theft and forgery.
Judge Martin Nolan called Wing an "incorrigible burglar" but said it was to his credit that he made sure the premises were unoccupied when he broke into them.