Meath man convicted of theft

A Meath man has been convicted of the theft of almost €315,000 worth of tobacco products and the unlawful use of a car.

A Meath man has been convicted of the theft of almost €315,000 worth of tobacco products and the unlawful use of a car.

Francis (Frank) Cunningham of Bog Road, Longwood was convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court by a jury after nearly 13 hours deliberation and a 17-day trial.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on the charge of robbery of the tobacco products worth €314,916 and returned a guilty verdict for the charge of theft.

They also failed to reach a verdict on the charge of false imprisonment of Edward Postol in Blanchardstown on March 14, 2007. They found Cunningham (aged 63) not guilty of the false imprisonment of Joseph O’Toole and not guilty to possession of a firearm.

Judge Donagh McDonagh thanked the jury for their care and attention in what he described as a “complex, complicated and difficult trial.”

He released them from jury service for 10 years. Cunningham, who has 13 previous convictions, was remanded in custody for sentencing in July.

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