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Four Months Jail For Criminal Damage In Thurles

Mr Noel McLoughlin with an address at No.15 Railway View, Templemore, Co. Tipperary has been jailed for four months, at Nenagh District Court, by Mr Justice Flann Brennan. Mr McLoughlin had pleaded guilty to his involvement in what was described as a “criminal damage spree” in Thurles.

Garda Ms Karen Barber told the court that Mr McLoughlin had admitted to the theft of a bottle of whisky valued at €14.49 from Lidl Supermarket, Templemore, on February 26th, 2019. Mr William O’Brien, BL, defending Mr McLoughlin, said that all later committed criminal incidents were connected through his client’s stealing of this whisky. Mr O’Brien said that his client was extremely intoxicated and had taken tablets and was out of control, thus leading to his extraordinary and unacceptable behaviour.

Criminal Damage Spree

On February 28th, last Mr McLoughlin admitted to entering a camper van at Kincora Terrace, Brittas Road, Thurles, and setting fire to the front passenger seat of the vehicle. He then travelled on to Parnell Street, Thurles, before attempting to gain access to yet another vehicle. On failing to gain access here, he left the vicinity to return later with a plastic bag, which he placed under the vehicle and set it on fire. Mr McLoughlin then travelled to the Thurles Parnell Street car park area of the town and damaged the window of another vehicle. All the incidents were captured on CCTV footage.

Mr Justice Flann Brennan described the numerous incidents as being serious, before jailing Mr McLoughlin for four months, to run concurrent on each of the committed offences.

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