Monday, 01 November 2010 10:35
A young man who appeared at Castlebar District Court on motoring and theft-related offences was said to be at 'crisis point' by Judge Mary Devins. She remanded defendant Celyn Eadon, Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar, on bail to the sitting of the court on January 19, 2011, so that a probation report can be readied in order to assist with sentencing.
In relation to a charge against him of handling stolen property, Garda Hugh O'Donnell told the court it involved a Mayo Under 21 football team that gathered at McHale Park, Castlebar, to travel to Derry for a game on February 14 last.
In Derry it was discovered that two players' bags that were put in the bus in Castlebar had been stolen. They bags and contents had a combined value of €978.
Investigations were carried out and an item from a bag was discovered in the defendant's vehicle. He later admitted to having handled one of the bags at Moneen, Castlebar. Only a small amount of property was recovered from each bag, the court heard.
Regarding the motoring offences, Garda Owen O'Donnell said he observed a vehicle drive at speed drive out of Castlebar, at Saleen, at 9.47 p.m. on January 13 last. He followed the car and found it pulled in off the road. The driver's door of the car was open. Eadon, sitting in the back, said he owned the car but he refused to give information about who had been driving.
Garda John Flanagan told the court he came up behind a car at Knockcroghery, Castlebar, at 2.15 p.m. on May 4 last. The rear wheels of the car appeared to be buckled and it wasn't driving properly. Additionally, the number plates were not conforming.
Garda Flanagan had the car examined by a PSV inspector who found defects, although Judge Devins noted from the report that the inspector did not say the vehicle was dangerous (Eadon was prosecuted for having a dangerously defective vehicle and had pleaded guilty).
The court heard of the defendant's previous convictions for driving without a licence and failing to display L-plates, offences relating to October 23 last year.
Mr. Aidan Crowley, solicitor, said all of his client's offences had occurred within a six-month period and he believed the court would benefit from a probation report in relation to the young man.
Eadon, who said he is trying to stop drinking, agreed to conditions attached to his bail, among them to observe a curfew between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., to sign on three times a week at Castlebar Garda Station and to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs.