Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin said Thomas Wall, aged 22, William Wall, aged 30, and James Cash, aged 27, had shown meticulous planning in the burglaries on December 1, 2012.
The three men had broken into the five houses in the Glasheen, College Rd, and Wilton areas of Cork City when the owners had gone to Mass or shopping or visiting, he noted.
The gang had travelled from Dublin and stole either jewellery or cash and in one case to some €15,000 worth of jewellery, Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard.
Thomas Wall had pleaded to three charges where gardaí found forensic evidence linking him to the break-ins but he had contested the other charges along with his co-accused. However, they were found guilty of the burglaries by a jury and remanded in custody for sentence yesterday by Judge Ó Donnabháin, who noticed their demeanour.
“I watched them after their conviction and they showed not a scintilla of remorse or change of character,” said Judge Ó Donnabháin after hearing an outline of the evidence.
He sentenced Thomas Wall from Neilstown Cottages, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, and William Wall from Blacktrench, Naas, Co Kildare, to seven years in jail with two suspended. And he sentenced Cash, from Boot Rd, Clondalkin, to seven years with one suspended.
A jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court in November returned guilty verdicts in respect of all three men for some but not all of the burglaries. William Wall was found guilty of four burglaries, as was Cash, while Thomas Wall was convicted of three. The jury could not be told in the course of the trial that Thomas Wall had pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary before the case commenced.