A man who was before Athy District Court last week was sentenced to 11 months and fined €1,000 for handling stolen goods.
The home of John Carthy (34) with an address listed as 1316 Towns Park, Athy was searched by Athy Gardai on October 22, 2011 and a circular saw, which was reported stolen from a van parked outside a local school on October 12, 2011 was recovered in the ‘hot press concealed under clothing’.
A plug which was identified in court as belonging to the saw, valued €193.50 was also recovered ‘on top of a corner unit in the sitting room’.
While gardai were searching the defendant’s home a neighbour called to the house to enquire if ‘he had a circular saw for sale’? The defendant told his neighbour that he had ‘nothing for sale’.
The court heard that the defendant told gardai that he purchased the saw two weeks ago in the Athy Market for E30 from a ‘guy in a white van’ while the plug was purchased later on at a separate market held locally on a Saturday.
The defendant took to the stand to give his evidence and informed the court that he put the saw in the hot press as it was easy to access from there while the plug was left on top of the press.
“Some stuff I would store in the hot press,” he said. “I don’t use the boiler part.It was just left there to one side. You could see it - it was just under a few clothes. I just left it there. I made no attempt to hide it. I bought the saw in the the Market in Athy held on Tuesdays. I told that to gardai. They said it was stolen from some van. I gave E30 for it andI bought the plug in a Saturday market for 50 cent.”
Judge Desmond Zaidan said in response that he ‘smelled a rat’.
“The umbilical cord was cut- you put the baby in the sitting room,” he said. “And left the mammy in the hot press.”
Inspector Jim Doyle told the defendant that his ‘dates did not add up’ with the market times in Athy and calculated that the defendant could not have purchased the saw ‘two weeks earlier’ as he had told gardai.
The defendant, who has four young children, had 12 previous convictions.
Judge Desmond Zaidan said the excuses given by the defendant were “self serving and selective and bordering on an insult to common intelligence”.
He was given 90 days to pay the fine.