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Limerick serial offender jailed for stealing consaw from van

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A SERIAL offender who is serving a lengthy prison sentence for theft offences has received a further sentence for stealing a consaw from a parked van in Limerick.

At Limerick District Court, Gerard O’Neill, aged 23, of New Crescent Halting Site, Childers Road, admitted stealing the STIHL consaw worth €1,000 from the rear of the vehicle.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said the defendant and another man smashed the window of the van to gain access to the vehicle some time between February 7 and February 8, 2017.

The consaw, he added, was never recovered and the owner remains at a financial loss.

Solicitor Tom Kiely said his client is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence and that there was “no reality” to him paying compensation to the owner of the stolen property.

He said Mr O’Neill had a difficult upbringing and that he first began offending and came to the attention of gardai while still a juvenile.

He said he has underlying mental health issues and that he is easily led and vulnerable.

Judge Mary Larkin imposed a two-month prison sentence which is to be served consecutively to a four-year prison sentence which was imposed at Limerick Circuit Court last July.

That sentence related to the theft of various items of property worth more than €12,000 during a spate of burglaries at a number of commercial premises in the Ballysimon areas of the city.

All of those offences occurred on dates between January and April 2016.



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