A Polish national convicted of handling stolen property had a six-month suspended sentence overturned at the recent Portlaoise Circuit Court.
Edward Oslw, 8 Riverwood Court, Castleknock, Dublin 15, was convicted of committing the offence at the Midway Hotel, Portlaoise, on December 18, 2012, and given a six-month sentence at the District Court, suspended for two years.
State solicitor, Mr Donal Dunne gave evidence that the injured party, Mr Barry Holland, Cork, contacted Portlaoise Garda Station after seeing an advert on Done Deal for hammer drills which he believed were his. The items had been stolen from his parked van on November 29, 2012, and he arranged to meet Oslw at the Midway. After meeting Oslw Mr Holland realised the hammer drills were his and he called the gardaí, who arrested Oslw.
Oslw said he had bought the drills at Balbriggan Market, and claimed he did not know they were stolen. Other items were found at his residence but they did not belong to Mr Holland.
Oslw had no previous convictions.
Defence for Oslw said that Oslw had been “naive”. Defence said Oslw works in security and it is important he keeps his security licence without a criminal record. He asked Judge Hunt to impose community service instead.
“But you still have a criminal record with community service,” said Judge Hunt.
Judge Hunt said he wanted to see a gesture made to both the injured party and to a local charity, and if Oslw paid €500 to each the judge said he would apply the probation act.