A 20 year old man who assaulted a man who cycled past him in Dundalk and made a series of transactions with bank cards from wallets he stole from cars in local housing estates, was last week sentenced to a total of eight months.
Martin McDonagh with an address at Castletown Road, Dundalk was charged with assault causing harm and producing a metal object in the course of the assault on the Castletown Road, Dundalk on June 30th 2020, and a series of deception charges relating to the use of the ATM cards last September.
Dundalk District Court heard the assault victim had been cycling past a takeaway when the defendant jumped out from behind a parked car and struck him on the back of the head with an object.
On dates in September last a number of wallets were reported stolen from parked cars in Ashbrook, Waterville and Woodville areas of Dundalk, with purchases made on bank cards in a local filling station, including scratch cards, food and credit for Prepay Power.
The court heard one victim also reported the theft of an envelope containing €1,200 in cash and a cordless drill.
In a separate case, the defendant broke into a van parked in a car park at the back of a takeaway on the Castletown Road on July 18th last.
He was arrested following a foot chase and gardai recovered a balaclava and a wrench.
The court heard he had 38 previous convictions.
The defence solicitor said her client, who had written a letter of apology to the court, was under the influence of drugs at the time and can’t recall most of the offending.
Judge Eirinn McKiernan who noted an innocent passerby had been very seriously assaulted and ended up in hospital, imposed sentences totalling eight months.
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