A father of four who bought a stolen laptop to give to one of his children, was given a four month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week.
Richard McDonagh (41) with an address at St. Vincent’s Avenue in Dundalk was prosecuted for handling stolen property, at Bridge Street, Dundalk on the 7th of September last year.
The court heard last Thursday that the laptop - which had been stolen in a burglary in South Armagh, was discovered when gardai stopped and searched a car being driven by the accused.
The court was told the defendant had 74 previous convictions including assault, theft, trespass, burglary and road traffic offence but there has been nothing since 2010 when he was sentenced to three years for endangerment .
The Defence solicitor said his client has poor mental health and stressed there was no suggestion the accused had been involved in the burglary.
He explained that the defendant had encountered a man who had a laptop and needed one, for one of his children and was offered it at a price to which Judge Patrick Clyne added “which he could not refuse”.
The solicitor argued that his client has been endeavouring to stay out of trouble and accepted responsibility for the offence and puts himself at the mercy of the court.
After he was told there are no further charges pending, Judge Clyne imposed a four month sentence but suspended it on the accused entering a bond to be of good behaviour for two years.