John Murphy, a technician with ESB Networks, said when he inspected the electricity meter at the defendant’s home he noticed a hole had been drilled in the glass panel at the front of the meter
FINES totalling €2,400 were imposed in the case of a woman who was convicted of tampering with the electricity meter at her home.
Nora Harty of Church View, Church Street, Askeaton was prosecuted before Newcastle West Court in relation to an offence which was detected last year.
John Murphy, a technician with ESB Networks, said when he inspected the electricity meter at the defendant’s home he noticed a hole had been drilled in the glass panel at the front of the meter.
He told solicitor Adian Judge a match had been shoved through the hole and that he believed it had interfered with the dial on the meter.
Ms Harty told the technician she was unaware of the match and had not seen it before he had called.
Being cross-examined by solicitor Pat Enright, Mr Murphy said the dial on the meter was moving on the day he carried out the inspection.
”The match was not up against the dial, it had fallen down,” he said.
When asked by Mr Enright if the meter was recording properly on the day, he replied “I would have to say yes”.
Judge Mary Larkin was told details of Ms Harty’s usage were subsequently obtained from her electricity supplier and that it was established she had an outstanding balance of more than €2,000 on her account at the end of last October.
After convicting the defendant of the two charges before the court, the judge imposed fines totalling €2.400 giving her six months to pay.
Ms Harty was not present in court for the hearing.