Wednesday 24 January 2018

Teen unfit for community service 'due to valid threat on life'

Michael Maughan
Michael Maughan

Eimear Cotter

A teenager ordered to complete community service is unable to fulfil his hours due to health and safety concerns.

The probation service has said it is unable to work with Michael Maughan (19) as there is a threat to his life.

A court heard the "threat remains valid as far as gardai are concerned".

Judge David McHugh previously ordered Maughan to complete 100 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Following the advice of the probation service, the judge changed his order, imposing a three-month suspended sentence.

The defendant, of Sillogue Green in Ballymun, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to handling stolen tools at White Road in Blanchardstown on August 4, 2014.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan previously said gardai received reports of two men in a black car acting suspiciously near Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

Sgt Callaghan said the defendants were seen taking tools, valued at €600, from a van.

The sergeant said Maughan was stopped by gardai and he admitted handling the tools.

At the time, defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Maughan was under huge financial pressure, and had a large number of loans and debts.

The Probation Service brought Maughan back before Blanchardstown court recently seeking to revoke the judge's community service order.

A probation officer said the probation service was forced to suspend the defendant's community service due to health and safety concerns.

The court heard a valid threat exists on Maughan's life.

Judge McHugh imposed a three-month sentence but suspended it for six months.

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