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Thief took a priceless GAA medal in OAP raid

A FATHER-of-six has been jailed for six months after he was caught with a stolen 19th-Century GAA medal, an heirloom that had been in the owner's family for generations.

Gardai arrested John Cash (28), of Cherrywood Crescent, Clondalkin, after they saw him dumping the medal in a garden, along with jewellery taken from the elderly owner's home in a burglary.

He admitted a charge of handling stolen property that was described as being of "extremely high sentimental value" to the victim.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were on beat patrol on the Kilmore Road, Artane at 8.35pm on August 7 last year.

On noticing the gardai, he attempted to flee on foot and officers saw him take several items of jewellery from his top and throw them into a garden.

He was arrested and taken to Ballymun Garda Station, where he made no reply when charged.

His solicitor said that the offences before the court were "mainly down to immaturity" and the accused had learned his lesson.

"He's 28 years of age - it isn't immaturity," Judge Victor Blake said.

"This was a despicable act -- this was an elderly lady for whom this medal was of extremely high sentimental value."