Robber found with wheel brace while on bail over terrifying attack on pensioner
A MAN has been jailed for five months for an offence committed while he was on bail for a terrifying attack on a pensioner.
Noel Garry (20) was on bail awaiting sentence for the robbery of Michael McMahon (68) at his remote home in Cree, west Clare when he was found in possession of a wheel brace.
The story of Mr McMahon grabbed national attention after it emerged that he was so scared by the break-in at his home that he cycled 30 miles through the night to check himself into a nursing home in Ennis.
At Kilrush District Court yesterday, Garry, of Tullycrine, Kilrush, received the sentence after pleading guilty to having a wheel brace in his possession, contrary to the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, at Kilkee on August 3 last year.
Insp John O'Sullivan told the court that after Garry and three others had been refused entry to a pub on O'Curry Street in Kilkee he was later seen by gardai to remove a wheel brace from the sock area and throw it under a car.
Patrick Moylan, solicitor for the defendant, said Garry had been carrying around the wheel brace for his own protection over unpaid debts.
He added: "He is pleading guilty. He has a history of drug abuse.
"I would ask you, Judge, to give Mr Garry a chance that when he is released that he would be allowed go and use some of this good time that he is spending and hopefully prove to the court that he has learned his lessons."
In response, Judge Durcan said that when someone carries a wheel brace around "it can lead to the most appalling of consequences".
He said: "I must look upon this offence with the seriousness that it is looked upon and accordingly I impose a five-month jail term."
Garry is already serving a three-year jail term for the robbery of Mr McMahon on February 25 and a consecutive jail term of three years for the robbery at the rural isolated home of an 82-year-old woman, Mary Breen, who has since died.