Four men, charged with breaking into a house in Kilcummin in March of last year, have been sentenced to periods of six and five months imprisonment.
The men – with addresses in Kildare and Wexford – pleaded guilty to entering Aisling House, Coolick, Kilcummin as trespassers with intent to commit theft on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017.
Judge David Waters said it was ‘but for the grace of God’ the property was vacant at the time as a woman, normally resident at the house, had left just before the men’s arrival.
28-year-old Gerard Knee of 25 Ardren Court, Athy, Co. Kildare; 33-year-old Patrick Quilligan of 19 Yellow Lough Park, Rathangan, Co. Kildare; 33-year-old Michael Mooney of 15 Fr Murphy Park, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford and 34-year-old Brian Mooney of 25 Fairfield’s Close, Adamstown, Co. Wexford appeared for sentencing before Tralee District Court.
On the day in question around 11.30am, a witness alerted Gardaí upon seeing the men enter the house through a front window; Gardaí were on the scene at 11:41am, intercepting and arresting the four men.
The court heard three people are normally resident at the property – one of the residents, a woman, had left the house just beforehand.
Solicitor Pádraig O’Connell, representing Michael and Brian Mooney, said the men had left their homes that morning to attend a social occasion, but had unfortunately ‘deviated’ from their plans.
Judge David Waters sentenced Michael Mooney, who the court heard had 81 previous convictions and Brian Mooney, who had 18 previous convictions, to six months imprisonment each.
Patrick Quilligan, who had 47 previous convictions, and Gerard Knee who had 12 previous convictions, were each sentenced to five months imprisonment.