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Father-of-two stole €4k tools from back of van

A FATHER-of-two broke into a handyman's van and stole over €4,000 worth of work tools while the victim was working at a golf club, a court heard.

Patrick Mongan (23) was caught red-handed on the club's CCTV cameras taking the work equipment.

A court heard he later tried to recover the tools, worth €4,389, but he wasn't able to get them.

A judge ordered a probation report and psychiatrist's report and adjourned sentencing to a date in February.

Mongan, of Melville Square, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of theft and criminal damage.

Garda Yvonne Costello said the victim parked his van at Elm Green Golf Club in Castleknock on May 24. Mongan took work tools and a satnav from the vehicle and was caught on CCTV cameras.

Garda Costello said she obtained a search warrant and searched his Finglas home on May 26. She didn't recover any of the tools, but Mongan admitted to taking them.


He also admitted to damaging a taxi parked at Corkagh Park, in Clondalkin, while its owner took his dog for a walk.

Garda James Brennan said the owner left his car in the public car park on July 21, and as he was walking back to the car he saw two men at his car.

Garda Brennan said the men were startled and fled the scene. They had damaged the lock barrels on the driver door and front passenger's door. The damage was €120. Mongan has 20 previous convictions, nearly all for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Mongan had personal difficulties earlier this year, got into trouble with the gardai a couple of times, and has since been referred by his doctor to see a psychiatrist.

Mr Hanahoe said the defendant is unemployed, married with two children, and is willing to pay some compensation to the victims.

He said Mongan's family have offered to help him out.

Judge Brian Sheridan ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to next February.