Given ‘chance after chance’

Craigavon Court House
Craigavon Court House

A young Lurgan man who had been given ‘chance after chance’ was sentenced to a total of five months in custody on Monday, December 22, at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Nineteen-year-old Daire McIlroy, whose address was given as Glenravel Drive, Lurgan, admitted a series of offences.

Three month terms were imposed on offences of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent on March 31, another taking without consent, theft of a grinder from Lurgan Golf Club and damaging a telehandler on March 27.

He was given concurrent three month sentences for taking a vehicle without consent and not having insurance at Glenravel Drive on August 13.

McIlroy was also fined £25 for not having a licence.

A further three month term of custody was imposed for driving a scrambler without insurance on June 13 with £25 fines for no licence, not wearing a helmet and carrying a pillion passenger.

For driving a motorcycle without insurance on March 7 he was jailed for three months and three months were imposed for taking without the consent of the owner.

He was fined £25 for not having a licence and not wearing a helmet.

McIlroy had received a community service order for 120 hours for disorderly behaviour and this was breached.

In its place he received a concurrent three month sentence.

A two month suspended sentenced was also invoked and this is to run consecutively making a total of seven months in custody.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said that McIlroy was beyond the point of a last chance and described what he had done as a ‘complete spree’.

She told the defendant: “While I appreciate you may have your own difficulties it does not give you carte blanche to do want you 

“You have been given chance after chance.

“It just has to stop.”