A defendant who went on a burglary spree in south Donegal and later tried to make his escape in a high speed chase was convicted at the recent sitting of Ballyshannon District Court.
Edward Connors of 40 Ashgrove, Naas was charged with three counts of burglary in South Donegal on September 7 last year.
Gda. Shane Maye told the Court the there were three separate incidents in which the defendant was one of a gang of four.
He said that jewellery to the value of €3,000 was stolen from the home of John Gallagher at Carrick West in Laghey, gold dollar coins from the home of William Coyle at Parkhill in Ballyshannon and €650 in cash and jewellery from Angela Boylan at Main St. in Ballintra.
The Garda confirmed that the €650 in cash had been recovered but that the other items had not.
The court was told that the Gardai were alerted in Ballintra and a full description of the vehicle was supplied.
Units were then mobilised including the regional support unit and an Audi 4.2 litre was pursued at high speed.
Garda Maye told the court that the vehicle was driving at an exceptionally high speed and in a dangerous manner - mounting sidewalks, doing u - turns and was eventually abandoned close to the Assaroe Lake near Ballyshannon where the perpetrators ran off. The court was also told that one of the perpetrators put his own life in danger when he swam across the lake to effect his escape.
Gda. Maye confirmed that one of the culprits had already been dealt with in the courts and that there were two pending.
The court was also told that the defendant had a large number of previous convictions but that most of them were for road traffic offences.
Judge Mary Devins convicted the defendant sentencing him to 6 months in prison and imposing a fine of €1,000.
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