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Sunday 4 December 2016

Slain man's brother had €7k worth of stolen mops

A FATHER-of-two caught with more than €7,000 worth of stolen electric mops had been led into crime after his brother was murdered, a court has heard.
A FATHER-of-two caught with more than €7,000 worth of stolen electric mops had been led into crime after his brother was murdered, a court has heard.

A FATHER-of-two caught with more than €7,000 worth of stolen electric mops had been led into crime after his brother was murdered, a court has heard.

Gary Ledden (33) was caught with 160 of the electric-powered spin mops when gardai raided a house in the north inner city.

They had been stolen in a burglary the night before.

Judge Michael Walsh put Ledden on a bond to keep the peace for six months.

The accused is the brother of Stephen Ledden, who was shot dead as he slept on a couch in 2006.

Gary Ledden, of Oriel Street Upper, near Sheriff Street, pleaded guilty to handling 160 stolen spin mops worth €7,200 at an address on that street on May 5, 2014.

The charge is under Section 17 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Dublin District Court heard that gardai carried out a search of the house at 9.05pm and found the defendant in possession of a "large quantity of stolen mops".

They had been taken in the course of a burglary at an electrical supplies outlet in Coolock.

Judge Walsh initially said he was refusing jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

However, defence dolicitor Yvonne Bambury said a co-accused had been dealt with in the district court.

Judge Walsh said it was a "very much borderline" case but he agreed to accept jurisdiction.

The court heard Ledden had 95 previous convictions dating back to 1997. They included attempted robbery and handling stolen property.

The court heard the defendant's brother Stephen had been murdered in revenge for "something that had nothing to do with him".

This badly affected the defendant and led him down a path of drug-taking and offending, Ms Bambury said. Ledden had also had two other bereavements in his family. The defendant had an alcohol problem and had been referred to a treatment centre.

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