A MAN who was found with €8,000 worth of stolen ESB electrical copper cable in the back of his van has been sentenced to five months in prison.
Michael Collins (23) came to garda attention after Garda David Comerford, who was travelling in an unmarked patrol car, noticed the Ford Transit van Collins was driving was "heavily laden at the rear".
Gda Comerford said he became suspicious as to what may have been in the back of the van to cause it to be heavily laden.
He stopped Collins on the N7 at Clondalkin at around 2.15pm.
Following a search of the van he discovered a large amount of copper cable.
"The copper cable had an ESB logo on it and the defendant was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen goods," Gda Comerford told Blanchardstown District Court.
He said Collins admitted being in possession of the stolen property. Collins has three previous convictions for thefts and handling stolen property.
Collins, of Ramillies Road in Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to being in possession of the stolen copper cable on the N7 at Clondalkin on June 16, 2013.
Garda Comerford agreed with Collins' solicitor that the married father-of-one made certain admissions in relation to the copper cable. The solicitor said Collins was "involved with the wrong crowd" at the time leading up to the offence but has since stayed away from these people.
Judge David McHugh said he is satisfied the offence warranted a custodial sentence as he noted the defendant has similar previous offences. He also said a custodial sentence was warranted.
He fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.