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dad-of-4 jailed for driving car break-in gang

THIS man drove a gang around Dublin so they could carry out thefts from vehicles.

Donal Brosnan (37) was arrested following a garda operation into break-ins into vehicles and the cloning of car registration plates.

He did not commit any of the thefts himself, but he drove other gang members.

Sentencing him to five months in prison, Judge David McHugh said Brosnan had got involved in a "sinister scheme".

Brosnan immediately appealed against the conviction.

He claimed he was at a low ebb at the time as he and his wife were having problems and he was drinking heavily and using cannabis.

The defendant, of Rosepark, Balrothery in north county Dublin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to three counts of using a vehicle in the course of a theft.

Garda Martin O'Hara said Brosnan was identified on CCTV cameras driving a Ford Mondeo at the Esso garage, N4 Palmerstown on September 7, September 12 and September 20 last year.

He said the three people in the vehicle were later identified carrying out thefts from vehicles in Tallaght and Clondalkin.

The court heard Brosnan has 39 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.


Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Brosnan was not the main player in the enterprise, and was led astray by others.

Ms Jackson said the defendant, a married man with four children, drove the men around and did not take part in any thefts.

She said Brosnan, an unemployed landscaper, was out of the family home at the time of these offences, and was drinking heavily and taking cannabis.