A burglar who stole €6,000 worth of goods from a house including quad bicycles and assorted tools was told to come up with a €1,000 and stay out of trouble to avoid being jailed.
Barry Carroll( 25) of Moorehall Close, Ardee presented €350 to the court after being given the opportunity to pay compensation at the January sitting of Ardee Court.
His solicitor Frank McDonnell told the sitting of the court last week that the defendant who admitted the offence was on state assistance and it was a considerable sum in those circumstances.
Mr McDonnell said at the previous hearing that a number of persons were suspected of involvement but his client was the only one charged.
Judge Grainne Malone noted that the defendant had committed further offences while this incident was being investigated for which he received community service. The next step as far as she was concerned was imprisonment.
She said she wanted at least €1,000 in court on the next adjourned date in May and if the defendant stayed out of trouble she’d consider imposing a suspended sentence.
Garda Inspector Paul Kiernan said the offence occurred on October 4/ 5th 2012. Gardai attended at Stratton house, Shanlis, Ardee where three quad bicycles and assorted tools were stolen. Some of the property was recovered.
Judge Malone was told that the burglary was discovered in the early afternoon and that the defendant had four previous convictions for offences of burglary and theft and handling stolen property all recorded on the same date in March last year which had occurred the previous November.