Benefit of the probation act for Abbeyleix man convicted of stealing Honda quad bike

An Abbeyleix man who was part of a group that stole a quad bike from a private residence was last week fined and given the benefit of the probation act.

An Abbeyleix man who was part of a group that stole a quad bike from a private residence was last week fined and given the benefit of the probation act.

Before last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise was 22-year-old Brian Fairbrother, with an address listed at Shanahoe, Abbeyleix.

He was charged with burglary, and the unauthorised taking of an MPV, at Kylebeg, Durrow, on May 6, 2013.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Fairbrother along with three other males entered the injured party’s property after gaining access with a bolt cutter. They had a car and trailer with them, and proceeded to remove a Honda quad bike from the premises.

Fairbrother was later arrested and the bike was recovered.

Fairbrother had four previous convictions, including two for theft and one for dangerous driving.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client now has work in England. She said her client’s father was in court, and he would say that his son “has turned a corner” in his life.

“He’s adopted a better attitude to life,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

Defence said that Fairbrother had €200 compensation in court, and had written a letter of apology to the injured party.

Judge Catherine Staines remarked she would have imposed community service, but Fairbrother is now working in England. She noted that the theft had occurred when he was 20, and the property had been recovered.

The judge directed that the €200 compensation go to the injured party and she gave Fairbrother the benefit of the probation act, section 2.