Judge Grainne Malone imposed a six month jail sentence but suspended it for 12 months on a 22 year-old man who stole a double barrel shotgun from a house.
The reason behind the theft was to force the owner to pay money that he owed him, Ardee Court heard.
Shane Conlon from Reask Drive, Navan subsequently admitted the burglary to the owner and showed him where he hid the shotgun.
The parties reconciled and the defendant lived with the owner for a short period after the burglary on August 13th 2012 at Drumcondrath, Meath.
The case was adjourned at the sitting of the court last month for a probation report to be prepared on the defendant after
Judge Malone ordered he be held in custody for a time.
Defence barrister Irene Sands said the report suggested adjourning the case to allow the defendant engage with the probation service.
A previous sitting heard that the defendant suffered from alcohol difficulties and was anxious to undergo treatment
Inspector Paul Kiernan said that the defendant had two previous convictions, including one for an offence of burglary in respect of which he was placed on an 18 month peace bond in 2011.
Judge Malone told the defendant “the report overall is a good report, but you still have work to do. The probation service is there to help you and if they tell you to do something you have to do it.”