Man who stole wallet from car “changed”



A 23-year-old man before Sligo District Court Judge Deirdre Gearty on Thursday had changed his life, the court was told.

ason Burns of Castlehill, Castlrea, Co Roscommon was charged with stealing a black leather wallet containing an AIB card, driver’s license and Revolut card belonging to David Hanley from a silver Audi car.

The date of the offense was September 4e 2020 in Glencarrig, Ballinode.
He was also charged on the same date with entering a building in Glencarrig as an intruder.

Defense attorney Mr. Tom MacSharry told the judge that a plea had previously been given to Judge Kevin Kilrane and that he adjourned the case for a probation report to be prepared and his client engages with certain services.

The lawyer said he handed Sergeant Derek Butler a letter from his client’s aunt, a professional woman living in Dublin, in which she described her progress.

He said Burns was residing in Dublin with his aunt and that he hoped the cases would be settled in court on Thursday, adding that he had not caught the guard’s attention since.

He had a previous conviction and indicated a plea.

The lawyer said in fairness to his client he asked Judge Kilrane for space to come back and show he had changed.

He said after speaking with the probation officer, Ms Claffey, she told him that she was very impressed with the young man’s eagerness.

Judge Gearty said it was certainly a very impressive letter from his aunt who took responsibility for his nephew.

She said at first that she was tempted to test Burns’ courage, but that she wouldn’t like to think he would revert to his old ways.

The judge said it was obvious he was receiving help from his family, adding that such help should not be taken for granted.

She said it was very important to receive the care, support and love that you need.

She told Burns that her aunt had certainly written a very convincing letter.

Sergeant Derek Butler told the judge the previous conviction was for intoxication dating back to July 2017 and the judge said it was some time ago.

She applied the probation law and wished him luck for the future. She added, “I wish you well, Mr. Burns, you have the support there. “Don’t look at a gift horse in the mouth, I wish you very well.”

Mr MacSharry thanked the judge and said his client was very grateful.


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