Six months in prison after being “caught red handed” attempting to steal copper tanks

“A message has to be sent out” says Judge Kilrane after glass attack

Gerry O’Brien, 9 Coolevin, Ballybrack, Dublin was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment for attempting to steal copper tanks from three homes on separate occasions.

The court heard the defendant was “caught red handed” stealing a copper tank from a house on Velmead, Pierce Road, Sligo on August 20, 2016.

On August 5, 2016, the court heard two men also entered two homes at 21 and 32 Silverroe, Boyle to steal copper tanks. The defendant admitted his part in it. Mr O’Brien is currently serving 16 months in prison for a section 3 assault.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said this was a “serious matter,” he noted the defendant has “ratcheted up a number of serious criminal offences.”

He commented that this sort of crime usually causes “collateral damage” and “thousands of euro worth of damage could be caused with water leakage.”

He convicted Mr O’Brien and sentenced him to six months imprisonment to run concurrently on the three charges.

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