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Man who stole wallet from car ‘has changed’

23 year old is on a better path, court hears 


Sligo courthouse.

Sligo courthouse.

Sligo courthouse.


A 23 year old man before Judge Deirdre Gearty at Sligo District Court on Thursday had turned his life around, the court was told.

Jason Burns of Castlehill, Castlrea, Co Roscommon was charged with stealing a black leather wallet containing an AIB card, driver’s licence and a Revolut card belonging to David Hanley from a silver Audi car.

The date of the offence was September 4th 2020 at Glencarrig, Ballinode.
He was also charged on the same date with entering a building in Glencarrig as a trespasser.

Defending solicitor Mr Tom MacSharry told the judge that there was a plea indicated previously to Judge Kevin Kilrane and he adjourned the matter for a Probation Report to be prepared and his client engage with certain services.

The solicitor said he handed a letter from his client’s aunt who is a professional lady living in Dublin to Sergeant Derek Butler in which she describes his progress.

He said Burns is residing in Dublin with his aunt and was hopeful to have the matters concluded at Thursday’s court, adding he hadn’t come to the gardaí’s attention since.

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He had one previous conviction and did indicate a plea.

The solicitor said that in fairness to his client, he did ask Judge Kilrane for the space to come back and show he had changed.

He said that from speaking with the Probation Officer, Ms Claffey, she told him she was very impressed by the young man’s eagerness.

Judge Gearty said it certainly was a very impressive letter from his aunt who has taken responsibility for her nephew.

She said initially she was tempted to test Burns’s mettle but she wouldn’t like to think that he would revert to his old ways.

The judge said it was obvious he was getting help from his family, adding that such help should not be taken for granted.

She said it was very important to be given the care, support and love that you need.

She told Burns that his aunt certainly put together a very persuasive letter.

Sergeant Derek Butler told the judge the previous conviction was for intoxication dating back to July 2017 and the judge said it was some time ago.

She applied the Probation Act and wished him well in the future. She added: “I wish you well Mr Burns, you have the support there. “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, I wish you very well.”

Mr MacSharry thanked the judge and said his client was most grateful.