Suspended sentence for theft of steel

A SIX MONTH suspended sentence was handed down to three men who admitted theft at Moonroe, Knocktopher last October.

A SIX MONTH suspended sentence was handed down to three men who admitted theft at Moonroe, Knocktopher last October.

Myles Flynn and Walter Flynn of Ballymountain, Carrigeen and Elvis Flynn, 35 Pearse Park admitted the offence at Moonroe, Knocktopher on October 25, 2011.

Inspector Liam Connolly told the court that at 9pm on the date in question gardai were alerted to a suspicious vehicle at Larry Doyle’s yard in Moonroe. When the gardai arrived they found three suspects who were been held by Mr Doyle and his friend for the suspected theft of a steel screw conveyor worth €4,000. The men were arrested and brought to Kilkenny Garda Station.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his clients were driving down a laneway when they found a long piece of stainless steel in a ditch. “They took it at the time believing that it was scrap. They accept that they had no permission to take it. Equally they were not conscious of it’s value. They went up to the yard with the intention of turning. As they were turning they were stopped by Larry Doyle who was the owner of the yard and the screw conveyor. He asked my clients to remain there and said that he was calling the guards. They remained and were arrested and gave statements. They accept that they had taken a piece of metal from a ditch. It was their intention to bring it to a scrap metal yard and they admitted that they had no permission but no one was of the view that it was worth €4,000,” he said. Mr Lanigan added that all three men are in receipt of social welfare and had been before the court before.

Judge John Lindsey imposed a six month sentence which he suspended for 18 months in relation to each of the defendants.