Suspended sentence for repeat offender

A YOUNG MAN who admitted attempting to drive away a garda patrol car was handed down a suspended sentence at Kilkenny Court. having no insurance and to the unauthorised taking of a MPV was handed down a suspended sentence at Kilkenny Court.

A YOUNG MAN who admitted attempting to drive away a garda patrol car was handed down a suspended sentence at Kilkenny Court. having no insurance and to the unauthorised taking of a MPV was handed down a suspended sentence at Kilkenny Court.

Thomas Brennan, 17 Church Avenue admitted having no insurance and to the unauthorised taking of a MPV at Brennans Lane, Bonnettsrath on July 27, 2011.

The court heard that the defendant has seven previous convictions for unauthorised taking. His solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that gardai were investigating a traffic accident when the defendant sat into the patrol car and attempted to drive it off.

“I accept that my client has a number of similar convictions when he was much younger. He has had to cope with the death of his three brothers,” said Mr Lanigan.

“My client was released in April 2011 and with the exception of this he is doing his best to stay out of trouble and has managed to turn his life around. He has started work as a cleaner and there are positive developments in his family life and now has a relationship with his daughter.

Judge Eamon O’Brien imposed a nine-month sentence on the charge relating to the unauthorised taking of a MPV. He suspended the sentence on the condition that the defendant enter a bond to be of good behaviour. He also convicted him of no insurance and fined him €100 and banned him from driving for two years.