No intention of paying money

A Dundalk man has been sentenced to six months in Wheatfield Prison for his part in the burglary of the house of the grandmother of his partner in crime.

A Dundalk man has been sentenced to six months in Wheatfield Prison for his part in the burglary of the house of the grandmother of his partner in crime.

Paul Halpin, 601 Ashling Park, Cox Demesne said he did not know that his accomplice, Anthony Connolly was burglarising the home of his own grandmother and taking money his father had made selling a truck.

Halpin and Anthony Connolly, 20 Cloonevan, Haggardstown split the money, which amounted to approximately €5,000.

Gardaí say that Halpin spent the money within a day or two on “rubbish” such as clothes and to feed his drug habit.

Connolly had returned the majority of the money and was working to pay off the rest.

Halpin said that he knew that he would be going to prison as he had no intention of paying the money back.

Judge Sean MacBride asked him “was he” on heroin or cannabis, to which Halpin replied “All of it”.

Halpin says that he had been off heroin for two days, and wanted to get clean. Judge MacBride said that drugs had ruined Haplins life and sentenced him to Wheatfield, where he would be put on a programme to get him off drugs .