A 21-year-old Galway man who was one of a number of men stopped in Rathdowney in a car containing items that could be used in a crime appeared at last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court.
Terence Casey, 37 Fahy Gardens, Loughrea, Galway, was charged with the possession of certain articles, at Conobro Bridge, Rathdowney, on November 22 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the gardaí stopped the defendant and a number of other males in a vehicle, and a search revealed three modified screwdrivers, gloves and headgear.
Casey had no reason for having the items, the inspector said.
Casey had previous convictions, for road traffic offences.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said there were three others in the car and Casey was the youngest.
“He had fallen out with his wife and fallen into old company,” said Ms Fitzpatrick, admitting: “He had not been behaving himself.”
Defence asked that the curfew restrictions be lifted on him, as Casey’s wife is pregnant.
Casey was fined €200.