Athy man stole school parts to build stable for girlfriend's pony

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'Remarkable turnaround' for Kildare boy who missed 88 days of school 

Athy court

A man who stole 13 steel parts from a local school in Athy to build a stable for his girlfriend's pony has been ordered to pay the school €1,000 at Athy District Court on Tuesday.

Darryl Flynn, with an address listed as 4 Clonmullion, Athy came to the attention of gardai on on July 22, 2017. He pleaded guilty to stealing the 13 steel parts from Scoil Mhichil Naofa in Athy. The parts were valued at €2,000. They were found by gardai at his home. The court heard that the parts had been taken the night before from the school. The metal parts were ordered for the sports ground and described in court as very large steel posts. 

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked how the defendant stole the parts and the court heard that he admitted to dragging the parts across the field from the school to his house. His solicitor Jackie McManus said that her client knows it was s a stupid thing to do. "He was going to make a stable for his girlfriend's pony," she said.

He is since working full time and offered the court €300 in compensation to the school. 

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that he was going to order a custodial sentence but changed his mind after the defendant told him that he has been working solidly for the past six months for the first time in his life.

"I'll give him a chance," Judge Zaidan said.

"He has to pay €1,000 to go to the school." 

The case was adjourned to December 11, 2018 for payment of the fine.