Sentence cut for 'naive' burglar

Ruaidhri Giblin

A "naive" burglar who took a bus to Tipperary on the "promise of working in a circus" according to his barrister has had his jail term cut by 18 months on appeal.

Moldovan national Vasile Stratan (35), with an address in Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at a home in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, on September 26, 2013.

Stratan had only been in the country four days when, on the "promise of working in a circus" he took a bus to Tipperary, where it became clear he was "casing houses".