Dad had two pairs of bolt cutters while out walking
Blanchardstown district court
A MAN who was in possession of two pairs of bolt cutters while walking down a public road has avoided a prison sentence.
Patrick McDonagh (28) has been ordered to complete 120 hours of community service work in lieu of a three-month prison sentence.
McDonagh, of The Nurseries, Church Road, Mulhuddart, pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of the two bolt cutters with the intention of using them in the course of a burglary at Ongar Distribution Road, Clonsilla, last October 24.
Gda Martina Drew gave evidence at Blanchardstown District Court that McDonagh, who was with three other men, was observed by gardai carrying the bolt cutters while he was walking along the road.
He was arrested a short time later as he had no valid reason for carrying the tools.
Gda Drew said McDonagh has eight previous convictions.
She agreed with McDonagh's solicitor that the defendant was not on his own as there were three other males with him at the time.
"He put his hands up when he was arrested by gardai," the solicitor said.
Gda Drew agreed that McDonagh co-operated fully with gardai after he was arrested.
She said the 28-year-old, who has two children, is fit and well to complete community service if the court deems so.
"He is willing to do community service work and is capable of it," she said.
After letting the case stand until the end of the court list for a probation officer to assess McDonagh as to his suitability to complete community service work, Judge David McHugh made the order for the defendant to complete the work in lieu of the prison sentence after he was deemed a suitable candidate.