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Monday 16 September 2019

Accused changes his plea to 'guilty'

A South Wexford man changed his plea when he came back before Judge Alice Doyle at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court.

Michael Farrell, of 4 Lannabeg, Kilmore, Wexford, and also of 14 Hazelwood, Bridgetown, Wexford, pleaded guilty to having a hammer and 'claw pipe' when committing a burglary at Lakelands, Bridgetown, on December 2, 2014.

The defendant had previously pleaded not guilty on Tuesday January 13 with the trial expected to take three days.

The following morning, Defence Counsel, Colman Cody, asked that the defendant be re-arraigned on the single count.

When the defendant was re-arraigned he pleaded guilty.

Regarding sentencing, Mr. Cody applied for a brief adjournment to January 30. He said he was not seeking any reports but needed some time to have some references for the defendant.

Prosecuting Counsel, Sinead Gleeson, applied for a victim impact report.

Mr. Cody said the defendant is serving a sentence on another matter.

Judge Doyle adjourned the matter of January 30 for sentencing.

Wexford People