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Hurling coach stole from building site

A HURLING coach with a "chequered past" who stole water pumps from a construction site has been jailed for five months.

Paul Johnson (23) of Owensilla, Ballymun, was sentenced after he admitted the burglary from a building that was under renovation in north Dublin.

Judge David McHugh sentenced him after a co-accused in the case failed to appear in court.

Garda Brian Kelly told Dublin District Court he was on duty in the Fairview area at 9pm on January 18 when he was told a colleague had stopped the accused at Richmond Avenue.

The garda was told the accused had been spotted throwing away a vice grips and was found in possession of a pair of gloves and a stolen water pump. A short distance away, gardai located a container with several more pumps inside.

The court heard the accused had 34 previous convictions. He had apologised and the goods were recovered.



Engaged

"He comes before the court with a very poor history, he has paid the price and has served a number of sentences," said Johnson's barrister.

Johnson, who is engaged and has a two-month-old child, was currently in custody having been refused High Court bail.

The accused had worked as a plasterer but had been out of work for some time and had completed a course in health and fitness. He had no problem with drink or drugs and was coaching a local hurling team in Ballymun.

The judge backdated the five- month sentence to June 9.

aphelan@herald.ie


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