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Monday 21 August 2017

Teen stole tools due to 'fear of his accomplice'

Gardai were on mobile patrol shortly after 3am when they received a report about two men breaking into a vehicle (Stock picture)
Gardai were on mobile patrol shortly after 3am when they received a report about two men breaking into a vehicle (Stock picture)

A young man who damaged a car door and stole €3,000 worth of tools has claimed he was forced to get involved by his accomplice, who is a violent man.

Patrick Kerrigan (19) told a court he "felt under threat" and "obligated" to get involved in the theft.

Judge David McHugh ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the matter to a date in January.

The defendant, with an address at Castlecurragh Vale in Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of theft, trespass and criminal damage.

The incident took place at Warrenstown Way in Blanchardstown on September 5.

Sergeant Walter Sweeney said gardai were on mobile patrol shortly after 3am when they received a report about two men breaking into a vehicle.

Sgt Sweeney said Kerrigan forced open the rear door of a vehicle and stole the tools.

The stolen tools included an angle grinder and multi-function tester.

Sgt Sweeney said the tools were found by gardai in an unoccupied vehicle parked across the road, and were returned undamaged to the owner.

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The sergeant said officers conducted a search of the area and found Kerrigan hiding in bushes.

Sgt Sweeney said Kerrigan has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said that Kerrigan was "not the only party" involved in this incident and he hadn't wanted to get involved.

Ms McEvilly said that the defendant, who is unemployed, felt under threat and "obligated to take part in this escapade".

She claimed his accomplice is a "violent man".

Ms McEvilly also said Kerrigan is a man with a previous good character, was taking this matter very seriously.

His father was in court to support him, she added.

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