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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Jailed for six months for farmyard diesel theft

A YOUNG Wexford town man has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing 250 litres of diesel from a tank in a farmyard.

John Dempsey (23), of Cromwellsforst Drive, pleased guilty at the Circuit Court to the theft of the dielse from Mr George Rynhart on March 21 last year.

Detective Garda Patrick O'Brien told the court that the fuel had a monetary value of €218. He also told how Mr Rynhart saw an unknown dark-coloured car and trailer leaving the farmyard on the date in question. He checked his diesel tank and saw that fuel had been taken. He then called the Gardai.

Garda Sean Whelan was later passing by the defendant's house while he was off duty, and he saw a trailer matching the description provided by Mr Rynhart. He contacted Wexford Garda Station, and an inspection was carried out. The defendant was arrested and interviewed, and he made a full admission to taking the diesel.

The defendant, said Det. Garda O'Brien is unemployed, with one small child. He had a total of 18 previous convictions, mostly traffic related.

Defence Counsel, Dylan Redmond, said the road traffic offences occurred in or around the same period. The defendant, he said, had been in custody since March 20, 2012. After he went into custody he was the victim of a serious assault in March this year, in which he suffered serious injuries.

Describing it as a very mean crime, Judge Barry Hickson imposed a six-month prison sentence which he backdated to March 20 this year.

He also disqualified Dempsey from driving for a period of three years.

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