A STOLEN trailer valued at €600 landed two men in their 20s before the recent district court, where Judge Alan Mitchell ruled the crime was a serious matter and remanded both men for a probation report.
Brian Fairbrother, Shanahoe, Abbeyleix, was charged with theft, while Shane Hearns, Derrylahan, Abbeyleix, was charged with possession of stolen property, at Carraigbeag, Cashel Cross, Ballyroan, on February 7 last year.
Inspector Declan Dunne said that the men admitted the offences when arrested.
Fairbrother, aged 21, has three previous convictions, one theft and two for dangerous driving.
Hearns, aged 22, has nine previous, all road traffic matters.
Defence for both men, Mr Declan Breen said that Fairbrother suffered with a substance issue and while he can recall being in the area at the time, he was not in a position to coherently remember the theft. Mr Breen said that Hearns knew from the look of the trailer that “it wasn’t right”, but he did not follow through on his suspicions. Hearns then took the trailer to a garage to have it painted, but an investigation at the garage brought it to the attention of the gardaí.
Mr Breen said that Fairbrother had been using cannabis and Valium and had been in a dishevelled state at the time.
“He’s using this incident as a wake up call,” said Mr Breen.
Mr Breen went on to say that Hearns has no previous convictions for theft and this is the first time he has been involved in a crime of this nature.
“They’re both using this as a springboard to better things,” said Mr Breen.
Judge Mitchell said this was a serious matter and he put the case back to September 19 for a probation report on both men.