Three Laois men plead guilty to stealing vehicle and having stolen property

Gardaí hospitalised when stolen jeep rammed garda cars near Mountrath

By Ryan Dunne

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Three Laois men plead guilty to stealing vehicle and having stolen property

Three Laois men arrested following an incident in which a number of gardaí were hospitalised after a stolen jeep rammed two garda cars have pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle and having possession of stolen property.

Before Portlaoise Circuit Court today (Tuesday, March 7) were Thomas McInerney (40), Twomey Park, Mountmellick; William McInerney (37), Newline Close, Mountrath; and Gerard McInerney (38), Moanbaun Close, Mountrath.

All three pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property, namely a trailer, and the unauthorised taking of an MPV, at Cloncourse, Mountrath, on July 12, 2016.

In addition, Thomas McInerney pleaded to guilty to two further counts of having possession of stolen property (a bolt cutter and a white hacksaw); William McInerney pleaded guilty to one further count of the same (a nail bar and wire cutters); and Gerard McInerney pleaded guilty to one further count of having possession of stolen property (snips and a wooden claw hammer).

The three men have been in custody since their arrest last July.

State prosecutor, Mr Will Fennelly asked that the case be adjourned, as there are a number of injured parties in the matter who are all anxious to attend court.

Judge Keenan Johnson remanded the men in custody to June 13, and ordered probation reports and governor's reports on each accused. Victim impact statements were also requested.

When the men first came before Portlaoise District Court last July, garda evidence stated that five garda units had been involved in the arrest at Cloncourse.

In the course of the operation two garda patrol cars were rammed by a 4x4 jeep and four gardai ended up in hospital.

The arrests came as part of an operation targeting burglaries and theft in rural areas of Laois. The jeep used by the men was stolen in Laois on June 23/24, and failed to stop for gardaí at a road checkpoint located at Cloncourse.