THE man who gardai believe was the target of the killers of Shane Geoghegan was sentenced to six months imprisonment for theft and road traffic offences.
John McNamara, aged 36, of Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to handling two stolen televisions at his home earlier this month.
Insp Seamus Ruane said the two LG flat screen televisions were recovered when the defendant’s home was searched by gardai attached to Roxboro Road garda station on October 3, last.
He said the televisions - a 47 inch and a 32 inch - had been stolen from an electrical retailer in the city “sometime early in 2013”.
The court heard the defendant informed gardai he had bought the televisions “from the back of a large white van” last Christmas.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy told Judge Eugene O’Kelly his client had no history of theft offences and he said he made some admissions to gardai in relation to the televisions, which had a combined retail value of €2,400.
The court was told the stolen televisions were “on the wall” at Mr McNamara’s home and Mr McCarthy said his client didn’t go looking for them but that he “couldn’t resist the offer being made to him”.
He told the court Mr McNamara, who has 21 previous convictions, accepted he should have known better as he knew something was not right.
Imposing concurrent four month prison sentences in relation to each of the televisions, Judge O’Kelly said McNamara was “very little removed from the thieves” and he said his actions had helped fuel the market for illicit goods.
“Anybody who purchases high-end electrical goods from the back of a van knows very well they are of dubious origin” he said.
Separately, the judge imposed a six month prison sentence after McNamara admitted driving while disqualified near his home on January 1, last.
Mr McCarthy said his client had been parking his partner’s car “around the corner” from their home as she had been drinking and he was concerned she might succumb to temptation and attempt to drive it.
Mr McNamara was disqualified from driving for six years in relation to that offence