An 18 year old man charged with trespass and burglary offences over a four day period last month, had never come to Garda attention until his father was shot dead, Dundalk district court was told last Thursday.
The court heard that Shane McMahon of Ashbrook, Avenue road, and a number of juveniles had been dressed up like burglars from a TV programme - when they were arrested almost two weeks ago.
The court heard the defendant and another youth were rrested after a garda on patrol saw two people in dark clothes with scarves over their faces running out from bushes on the Old Golf L inks Road Blackrock on the 24th of August.
Three days later the court heard that Mr McMahon was involved in a burglary at an electrical wholesalers in Dundal k and the following day Gardai - who were again on patrol, spotted four youths at Cooley Credit Union and found the accused at the back of the premises.
The Defence solicitor said his client had not previously been on the Garda radar but “unfortunately had come on it in a significant way” after his behaviour deteriorated following the death of his father who was the victim of a shooting.
The court heard the defendant - who had no previous convictions had found a week spent in custody in St. Patrick’s institution to be a wake-up call.
Judge Conall Gibbons said it was quite extraordinary how they pair had dressed up as burglars but he said he can’t give them credit for being inept or ineffectual criminals. He adjourned Shane McMahon’s case until the 24th of October so he could be assessed for community service. His 17 year old co-accused who is due to take up a new training place and begin a family counselling course, had his case put back to October 3rd.