A Longford man who stole power tools worth around £3,000 from a Sunday market has been handed a suspended sentence.
Brian Nevin (30) was caught with the stolen tools when a shopkeeper found a drill which had been stolen from his van in Tullamore, Co Offaly, among goods for sale at Balbriggan Market.
Nevin, of Saint Matthews Terrace, Ballymahon, Longford, pleaded guilty on the basis of recklessness to 13 counts of possession of tools stolen from Balbriggan Sunday Market, Folkstown Little, Balbriggan on January 21, 2018. He has 29 prior convictions.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the tools recovered included several drills, a screwdriver, a laser level, a planer, an impact driver, a saw and a phase tester. Many traders have come forward to claim tools that were stolen from them.
Garda Aaron Shanahan told Kieran Kelly BL, prosecuting, that a trader in Tullamore had items stolen from his van on two occasions and drove to Balbriggan Market where he saw a Nissan van turn up with two men emptying tools onto a table.
He approached the table, recognized a drill and checked an inscription to verify that it was an object that had been stolen from him. He paid €50 to secure the drill and then went to gardaí.
Gardaí arrested Nevin and retrieved the tools. A sum of money was also seized, as well as the van used.
Cathal McGreal BL, defending, said his client was a family man who participates in his local community. He said Nevin admits he should have done better.
Judge Melanie Greally noted that Nevin had not received more negative attention and that it was his only transgression since 2015. She considered details in court reports noting that he was at moderate risk of re-offending but was largely positively engaged in his community.
Judge Greally imposed a 12-month sentence which she suspended for 12 months under strict conditions.