A Limerick man who pleaded guilty to being in possession of a stolen caravan when he was stopped by gardai near Croagh last February has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence at Newcastle West district court.
The court heard that gardai received reports of suspicious activity involving a number of vehicles in the Croagh area on February 5 2014.
They later stopped Michael Quilligan of 2 Altamira Court, Quarry Road, Thomondgate who was towing the caravan which had been stolen from a house in Ardagh earlier that day.
Solicitor Jenny Fitzgibbon told the court that her client, aged 48, had been asked to move the caravan by a “person that was known to him through the horse fairs”. She added that her client accepted he was reckless in not establishing that the other person was the owner of the caravan.
She pointed out that there had been no damage to the vehicle and that Mr Quilligan had co-operated with gardai following his arrest.
Ms Fitzgibbon also told the court that her client, who had a number of heath concerns, had been adhering to very strict bail conditions since his arrest in connection with the incident.
The court heard that the defendant had 13 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic offences.
Judge Mary Larkin noted that it was “a serious matter of theft” but took account of the early guilty plea and imposed a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.