Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two Louth brothers avoid jail terms

Conor Gallagher

TWO Louth brothers caught trying to sell €20,000 worth of high end bicycles have avoided a jail sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Constantin (34) and Paul Sava (30) were caught with the goods after gardai launched a sting operation where they posed as bicycle wholesalers.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Constantin to two years suspended and Paul to five years suspended after noting both have clean criminal records and were not the ringleaders.

Last March Judge Nolan gave a suspended sentence to Raymond Kearney (40) of Preston Park, Julianstown, County Meath for the same offence. He was identified in court as the leader of the operation.

The brothers, both with addresses at Bryanstown Manor, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at a yard behind the NYPD takeaway in Ballyfermot on August 24, 2010.

The court heard that on December 1, 2012, 72 preassembled bicycles were stolen from a container owned by Central Limited. The bicycles were high-end models including Trek brand bicycles which were imported exclusively by Central Ltd.

Gardai advised the owner to contact his customers and ask them to be on the lookout for anyone selling cheap Trek bicycles. Eventually one customer got back to him and said he had been offered the bikes. He handed over a contact number he had been given.

Detective Garda John Brennan rang the number and pretended to be a bicycle shop owner from Swords. He arranged to meet the seller at the Red Cow Roundabout and was then brought to a lockup in Ballyfermot.

The brothers and Kearney met him there and showed him 54 bicycles which the detective recognised as the stolen ones. He was told they would cost €120 each but that some of them were worth €2,000.

The other gardai who were watching the situation then moved in and arrested the men.

Det Gda Brennan said he believed the men were taking orders from Kearney and that Constantin was the least involved and only there to help with the lifting.

The pair were to get €700 each for their roles.

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