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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Student stole gun from college friend's home

A PROBATION Officer's report has been sought in the case of a young man who stole a gun from a classmate from Agricultural College.

A PROBATION Officer's report has been sought in the case of a young man who stole a gun from a classmate from Agricultural College.

Martin Casey Brennan from County Laois appeared before Wexford District Court in custody last Tuesday charged in relation to the theft of the gun in Mount Anna, Crossabeg, on May 19, 2011 and also with the unauthorised possession of a firearm.

Superintendant Aidan Brennan explained that a report was made to Gardai that a gun had been stolen by the 21-year-defendant while on a visit to County Wexford, and that he had returned to Mountrath in Laois with it.

The injured party, who went to Agricultural College with the defendant, was worried what he might do with the gun.

The court heard that the gun was left at a GAA pitch near Ballyfin in Co. Laois.

The Superintendant outlined that the defendant was of the understanding that he borrowed the gun, however the injured party was 'certain' that he did not.

The defendant, who has various addresses in Co. Laois on court documents, agreed to meet with Gardai in Mountrath, where he was arrested in relation to the incident.

'He at all times said the injured party had hired the gun to him and he was set up by the injured party,' explained Superintendant Brennan.

Defence solicitor Ed King explained that his client was fostered at the age of six to a very supportive family. He did attend Agricultural College but he dropped out of the course.

The court heard the defendant has previous convictions for theft, the unauthorised taking of a vehicle, handling stolen property, and burglary and is of a 'moderate to high risk' of reoffending.

Mr. King stated that BRennan is developing ongoing mental problems that require further assessment. He explained that the defendant has a history of self harm and poly substance abuse.

'He is a man who needs help to deal with his problems,' said Mr. King.

Judge William Early set bail at €300 and imposed a number of conditions: that he presents at Portlaoise Regional Hospital within 24 hours, that he complies with the directions of medical attendants, that he signs on at Portlaoise Garda Station and that he does not consume alcohol or illegal substances.

A Probation Officer's report was sought and he is due to appear before the court again today (Tuesday). Judge Early said he is considering 200 hours of Community Service in lieu of four months imprisonment.

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