Man who laid waste to large geographical area of Kerry given three year sentence

A man with 110 previous convictions who a court heard laid waste to a large area of Kerry has been handed down a three year sentence. Tralee Courthouse 33 year old Michael Coffey of 32 Cnoc Gorm, Tralee and formerly of Castleisland had entered signed guilty pleas to almost 20 charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage from March to October 2013. Chainsaws, drills, copper piping, a jack hammer, a kangoo drill, sockets, spanners, cameras and mobile phones were among the items taken by Michael Coffey over the period. The thefts occurred in Lixnaw, Knocknagoshel, Lyreacrompane, Finuge, Ballybunion, Torc Waterfall carpark, Kilcummin, Tousist, Fossa and Killarney. Judge Tom O’Donnell said the accused had laid waste to a large geographical area. The judge added if matters weren’t nailed down they were taken and if they were they were taken too. Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard the 33 year old father of three has 110 previous convictions was at a high risk of re-offending and has a very serious alcohol addiction. In handing down a variety of sentences Judge O’Donnell noted the early signed guilty pleas and Mr Coffey’s addiction issues.