Horse store thief avoids conviction
A YOUNG man who was involved in the burglary of an equestrian store in south Dublin has been told to make a donation to charity to avoid being convicted.
Philip Jackson (23) was 'enlisted' by another man to help steal a horse blanket and riding boots.
Jackson, of Glencairn Grove, The Gallops, Dublin 18, pleaded guilty to burglary at Coleman's Professional Horse Shop in Sandyford Village on August 31, 2011.
Sgt Peadar McCann told Dun Laoghaire District Court that the goods were removed from the premises and placed in a car.
Ronnie Lynam, defending, said the circumstances of the theft were unusual in that there was a co-accused who had removed the items from the shop and placed them in a yard to the rear.
This man 'enlisted the assistance' of Jackson, who was a passenger in a car into which the goods were placed.
The co-accused had got out of the car, jumped over a wall into the yard and handed the items over to Jackson, who put them in the car.
The court heard the co-defendant, who had already pleaded guilty, was the more culpable of the two.
Jackson had "no record of dishonesty and does not intend to get himself into this type of situation again", Mr Lynam said.
He had previously worked with a baggage company but was currently unemployed.
Judge O'Connor said he would strike the charge out if the defendant made a €300 donation to charity by February 2013.