Murderer found guilty of ‘handling’ charge

A CONVICTED murderer has been found guilty of handling stolen property following a week-long trial at Limerick Circuit Court.

A CONVICTED murderer has been found guilty of handling stolen property following a week-long trial at Limerick Circuit Court.

Greg Crawford, aged 24, of St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park had denied handling the items, which included a power-drill and a rope - at a house in Garryowen on March 6, 2008.

It was the prosecution case that the items were taken from a van which was stolen from outside a house in Glenbrook, Old Singland Road three days earlier.

The jury of eight men and four women was told that Crawford and another man - Jonathan Fitzgerald, aged 22, of South Claughaun Road, Garryowen - were found hiding under the stairs at Fitzgerald’s home when gardai searched the premises.

A blue hold-all bag containing the stolen items was also located under the stairs, alongside Christmas decorations whichwere being stored there.

Fitzgerald pleaded guilty on the second day of the trial to stealing the items.

He also pleaded guilty to robbing cash, a mobile phone, car keys and a van from the owner.

Yesterday evening, the jury found Greg Crawford not guilty of the theft and robbery charges on the direction of the trial judge but they found him guilty of handling the stolen property after deliberating for less than an hour.

Afterwards, Judge Carroll Moran thanked the jurors for their “indulgence and patience” during the trial and he excused them from further jury service for three years.

Both defendants will be sentenced on July 24, next.

Greg Crawford is currently serving a life sentence for murdering Gareth Brsnan-Grant in St Mary’s Park in October 2008.

Jonathan Fitzgerald is also serving a life sentence after he was convicted last year of murdering Noel Crawford in O’Malley Park in December 2006.