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Thursday 8 December 2016

Mansfield fined €500 for burgling 'Fat' Andy Connors's home

Jason Mansfield
Jason Mansfield
‘Fat’ Andy Connors

A man who burgled the home of murdered criminal 'Fat' Andy Connors has been fined €500 in Tallaght District Court.

Jason Mansfield (28), with addresses at Crooksling, Saggart, and Kiltalawn Grove, Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to burglary at The Old Dog Pound, Boherboy, Tallaght, on March 15.

His case had been put back in July after Mr Connors' widow, Ann, had made an intervention in the case and approached the bench.

Drunk

"He was drunk when the gardai arrived but he wasn't drunk when he was beating down my door. He said it took a trigger to kill my husband. He said he was going to strangle me. I witnessed my husband being murdered. This case should not be in the district court," Ms Connors had told Judge John Coughlan.

Yesterday morning, the case was before Judge Patrick Clyne.

Mansfield's defence lawyer told Judge Clyne that on the last date his client had pleaded guilty and Judge Coughlan had heard the evidence and was about to impose a €500 fine when the injured party made an intervention and spoke to the court. Sergeant Eithne Madden said a file had been sent to the DPP in the case.

Mansfield's lawyer said that the court had already accepted jurisdiction.

Sgt Madden said that the prosecuting garda, Ed Walsh, had arranged to take a statement from Ms Connors but Ms Connors failed to turn up.

She said Gda Walsh had been injured in the interim and had been unable to arrange another meeting.

Judge Clyne asked to hear the facts of the case.

Sgt Madden said that on March 15, gardai responded to a call at the Old Dog Pound. Arriving at the scene they found a window open but there were no forced signs of entry.

She said Ms Connors opened the back door and added that Mansfield was found in the house in a very drunk state. She said nobody was injured in the incident.

Statue

Judge Clyne fined Mansfield, who is a nephew of businessman Jimmy Mansfield, the sum of €500.

Meanwhile, a major garda investigation into the murder of burglary gang boss 'Fat' Andy Connors is still ongoing but there have been no major developments in the case.

A €50,000, six-foot high, marble statue of Jesus was erected on top of the grave of 'Fat' Andy last month in Gorey, Co Wexford.

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