AN Offaly man who was caught trying to gain access to a house by cutting a lock on the gate with bolt-cutters has been given a suspended sentence.
Wesley McDonagh, of Kilmucklin Halting Site, Offaly, was charged with entering a building with an intent to commit an offence and possession of certain articles, at Kilmalogue, Portarlington, on July 5.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the owner of the property observed McDonagh trying to cut the lock on his gate with bolt-cutters.
18-year-old McDonagh has 13 previous convictions.
Defence for McDonagh said his client was interested in scrap metal and had been trying to make some money, as he had been going through difficult circumstances.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed six months’ detention, suspended for two years on McDonagh’s own bond of €100.
“If you breach that suspended sentence you’ll go into detention,” warned the judge.