A 40 year old man who admitted handling stolen copper wire, was given a two month suspended sentence at Dundalk District Court last week.
Charles McDonagh with an address at Mullaharlin Park, Dundalk was prosecuted for committing the offence at Greenmount, Castlebellingham on the 19th of September last.
The court heard that the following day gardai received a report that a number of people had been seen taking €200 worth of copper wire from the ESB on the Avenue Road in Dundalk.
Garda Insp. Martin Beggy said when accused was interviewed he claimed he got €80 for the copper wire.
The court was told the defendant - who had handed over €200 on a previous court date, had 24 previous convictions.
The Defence solicitor urged the court to consider a community service order as he said his client had completed all previous such orders.
However, Judge William Hamill said it appeared that it hadn’t deterred him from committing the offence before the court.
He imposed a €e300 fine along with a two month sentence which was suspended on the accused entering a bond to be of good behaviour for nine months.