Suspended sentence for theft of manhole covers

A FOUR-MONTH suspended sentence was handed down to a father-of-one who admitted stealing a manhole cover, electrical power cable, bins and pedal pins.

A FOUR-MONTH suspended sentence was handed down to a father-of-one who admitted stealing a manhole cover, electrical power cable, bins and pedal pins.

Grellan McCarthy, 48 Togher Way, Urlingford pleaded guilty to theft at Aut Even Hospital on June 2, 2010. Inspector Liam Connolly told the court that on the date in question a garda officer observed a blue van acting suspicious and parked close to where a man hole cover had been removed. “Upon searching the van the officer came into contact with the remainder of the materials,” the inspector said. The court also heard that the defendant had stolen the materials in order to sell them to be used in the scrap metal business. Judge William Harnett sentenced him to four months in prison which he suspended on condition that the defendant enter a probation bond for two years.