06 Oct 2022

Caravan thief told that man he stole from had to be fully compensated

The man was tracked by Gardaí, who used CCTV to locate the caravan - stolen in Falcarragh - in Castleblayney, County Donegal

Letterkenny court house.

Letterkenny court house.

A man who stole a 27-foot caravan in Falcarragh has been told by a Judge that the injured party in the matter has to be fully compensated.

Stephen Ward, a 22-year-old from Ballybay, County Monaghan, stole the caravans, a Hobby 570, from the property of George Gilmore, at Ballyness, Falcarragh on September 7, 2019.

Ward appeared before Judge Brendan O’Reilly at the latest sitting of Falcarragh District Court.

At a previous court sitting, Gardaí said there was a total €4,471 worth of damage caused or property missing from the caravan.

Then, Judge Raymond Finnegan adjourned the case for three months asking Ward to have half of the balance by then.

In December, Ward brought €450 by way of compensation and he added a further €800 this week.

“He is an individual who does not have much means,” solicitor Mr Rory O’Brien told the court.

“That is the maximum that he has been able to save and borrow. He is not looking for any special treatment. He is just asking for the court to deal with this as fairly as possible. He is doing his absolute best and even the €800 proved to be difficult.

“It was an unfortunate and silly thing to be involved in.”

Garda viewed CCTV and tracked the caravan along a route of over 160km, locating it at Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

Ward, who has no previous convictions is a married father-of-one who is ‘on a course trying to get employment’, his solicitor said. He was accompanied to court by his wife.

Judge O’Reilly said the injured party had to be compensated fully for his loss.

“The injured party has to be in the position that he was in beforehand,” Judge O’Reilly said.

The case was adjourned until April in order for a final repair bill to be sourced.

“That’s as fair as I can be,” Judge O’Reilly said.

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