Circuit Court - Caravan stolen from Ballybrittas car dealer

Theft

A man in his 20s involved in the theft of a caravan from a car sales garage has been told by a circuit court judge that when he completes drug rehabilitation he should tell his story to other young men struggling with drug addiction.

Dean Kearney, 17 Cloonmore Green, Tallaght, previously appeared before the court last October, where he was convicted of theft, from Pat Keogh Car Sales, Ballybrittas, on June 25/26, 2015.

The court heard that the gardaí were alerted by Netwatch to a break-in at the car sales garage, with a caravan having been stolen.

The gardaí came upon the caravan being towed by a vehicle, and pulled it over. Kearney, the only occupant of the car, was arrested and interviewed twice at the garda station.

He exercised his right to silence in both interviews.

Kearney had 13 previous convictions.

Defence for Kearney said that two others were involved in the theft who were never apprehended, meaning Kearney was taking the full wrap.

"It was pure peer pressure, he wanted to be accepted as one of the boys," said defence.

The case was adjourned on a number of occasions for probation reports, with Judge Keenan Johnson telling the accused to stay out of trouble.

When the case returned to the circuit court this week, Judge Johnson noted that there was a very positive probation report on the accused, who, he remarked, seemed to be turning his life around.

The judge imposed a two-year sentence, suspended for two years on condition the accused enter a peace bond for four years, continue with his drug treatment, and remain under probation supervision for 18 months.

“I hope we won’t be seeing you here again,” the judge warned him, going on to suggest that when the accused had completed his rehabilitation he might consider telling his story to other young men.