M8 ‘makes Cork a burglary target’

Improved journey times on the M8 motorway have seen Dublin gangs targeting Cork for burglaries, it was claimed yesterday, as three men were jailed for attempted burglary.

Inspector Pat Meaney said during the sentencing hearing that improvements in the road between the two cities saw Cork targeted for criminal purposes.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, who represented three members of the Connors family, of various addresses in Tallaght, objected to that general evidence being given in the specific case before Cork District Court yesterday.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he would not be having regard to the comment when he was sentencing.

Det Garda Padraig Harrington gave evidence in the case against Andy Connors, aged 44, from Boherboy Rd, Tallaght, Dublin; his son John Connors, aged 18, of 9 Cloonmore Crescent, Tallaght, and his nephew Miley Connors, aged 22, of 21 Kiltolawn Path, Tallaght.

Det Garda Harrington said the three Dubliners were spotted by an off-duty garda, Det Garda James O’Reilly, at Ashleigh Gardens, off Skehard Rd, Cork at 12pm on Wednesday.

He said Andy Connors was driving a silver BMW and the two younger men got out of the car and went to a house at Ashleigh Gardens, calling to the door of a house but there was no answer. In fact, the owner was in a shed in his back garden at the time.

As they tried to break in, they were confronted by the owner, who was working in the shed. They ran, and jumped into the BMW. The three were arrested a short distance away at Well Rd, according to the detective who was alerted by the off-duty officer.

All three men were charged with attempting to commit a theft at the house.

John Connors was jailed for four months, Miley Connors was sentenced to six months, and Andy Connors was given a 10-month term.

Bail of €1,000 cash and an independent surety of €2,000 was set in each case in the event of an appeal.

The independent sureties will have to be approved by Cork District Court where there is no sitting until a holiday remand court next Friday.


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