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Saturday 21 September 2019

Sentenced for a string of crimes

A young man who committed a series of crimes around Wexford over more than two years was sentenced to two years in prison when he came before Judge Gerard Haughton in the District Court on January 19.

However, Johnny Connors (26), with addresses at Lower George's Street and at Rosemount, Drinagh, had that sentence suspended, subject to him abiding by several conditions laid down by the Judge.

There was a total of 21 charges facing Connors in court, all relating to offences between July 2012 and September 2014. They included counts of burglary at Greenacres, theft from Wexford Arts Centre, possession of drugs, and several motoring offences.

He had previously been before the court on a number of occasions, where probation and psychological reports were ordered. Judge Haughton studied those reports before remarking that Connors had 'quite a formidable record', with 56 previous convictions already racked up.

'However, I note too that there are several significant mitigating circumstances in his background, as set out the probation and psychological reports, and I have to have regard to those too,' the Judge added.

He imposed a series of consecutive sentences of six months each, totalling two years, and also handed down a driving ban of ten years.

The sentence is to be suspended on a number of conditions, including that Connors continue to engage with the Probation Service and other efforts to assist him.

Wexford People