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Thursday 17 October 2019

Repeat offender has now mended his ways

A lengthy litany of the crimes committed in 2011 by a young man who was on drugs at the time was reviewed one by one at the District Court last week. The list included counts of burglary, dangerous driving and possessing stolen goods.

A lengthy litany of the crimes committed in 2011 by a young man who was on drugs at the time was reviewed one by one at the District Court last week. The list included counts of burglary, dangerous driving and possessing stolen goods.

Judge Gerard Haughton commented that the probation service can work miracles as he noted that Caleb McKay (22) of33A Ferndale Park in Wexford was now drug free and no longer coming to Garda attention. An 18 months jail sentence was imposed, suspended.

Offences mentioned included:

May 2011 - McKay took responsibility for cannabis herb and cannabis herb seized by Gardaí;

May 2011 - the accused impeded the prosecution of a suspect in Wexford;

June 2011 - McKay was involved in two burglaries at Ballytarsna in Oulart, armed with a hammer and crowbar. Stereo speakers were taken from one property. The second was a grow house and the haul included cannabis;

June 2011 - a burglary occurred at Strand Road in Curracloe, entry gained by smashing a sliding door. Damage to the tune of €3,000 was done as a fire was lit in the kitchen, though nothing was taken;

June 2011 - McKay was responsible for a theft at Ballyduff national school;

July 2011 - hammers and hatchets were discovered during a search of the address at Ferndale Park. They had been stolen from South East Providers by someone else;

September 2011 - the defendant was the uninsured driver of a Renault Megane that crashed in Barntown . The car was found to contain balaclavas, torches, gloves and an axe.

Solicitor Dermot Davis described the run of offending as 'a very bad spell'. He pointed out that the defendant was father of three young children. Mr. Davis stressed that his client had since cooperated with the probation service and dissociated himself from the wrong crowd. He had attended counselling and his GP. He had been drug free for the past year and had applied to take a FAS course.

Judge Haughton said it was to McKay's credit that he had turned himself around. Consecutive nine month sentences for one of the burglaries in Ballytarsna and possession of three balaclavas were recorded. A fine of €200 was imposed for the dangerous driving with a two year disqualification to take effect from September 1.

Charges of possessing or handling stolen goods at her home were withdrawn against McKay's partner Toni Todisco (28), also of 33A Ferndale Park.

Wexford People

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