A MAN who pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and criminal damage had his case adjourned at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.
Daniel Davis, 2 Brookfield, Ballyhale pleaded guilty to charges of theft at Kilmoganny on September 1, to criminal damage at Rossenarra, Kilmoganny on September 1, to burglary at Ballyhale Shamrocks on September 1, to burglary at The Vat Pub in Mullinavat on August 1, to criminal damage at the Thomastown Community Centre on July 27, to burglary at Clonassy on August 1 and to burglary at Shamrock House, Cloghscregg on August 2.
Solicitor Michael Lanigan informed the court that his client was entering a plea of guilty in relation to all the charges. Inspector Liam Connolly told the court that in July, August and September there had been a series of thefts, criminal damage and burglaries. “On September 1 there was damage of 250 euro caused to a car and CD’s to the same value were stolen. On that date there was also an incident involving criminal damage to a council van,” said Mr Connolly. The inspector also outlined a number of incidents where copper piping was stolen from properties. The inspector told the court that it had ‘been a joint venture’ and that the defendant had made admissions in relation to all the charges.
Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his client had five previous convictions in relation to road traffic offences, The court heard that the defendant had worked previously with contractors and was involved in farm machinery but was recently let go and lives at home. Mr Lanigan added that his client had no issues with drink, drugs or gambling but had started to steal to get money. “He was taking boilers out of vacant houses and selling them for 40 euros. It was a lot of criminal effort for little repair. He was very frank with the gardai and was remorseful. He has asked me to apologise and wants to repay the debt to them,” said Mr Lanigan.
Judge David Anderson adjourned the case to September 20 for the preparation of a probation report which included an assessment for suitability community service.
A co-accused Wayne Inoughsby, Poulboy, Kilmoganny pleaded guilty to burglary at Ballyhale Shamrocks on Spetember 1, and to theft at Kilmoganny and to criminal damage at Rossenarra, Kilmoganny on the same date. The court heard that there was damage of 250 euro to a car, and 250 euro to the window of a council van. The court also heard that 500 euro worth of damage was caused to the GAA grounds and that the defendant lived at home. Both men were aged 19 at the time of the offences. “It was one evening of madness,” solicitor Michael Lanigan said before adjourning the case for the preparation of a probation report to September 24.