20 May 2022

Longford man with 62 previous offences is ‘changed person’, court hears

Longford Courthouse.

A Longford man has been told to return to court in June with compensation arising out of a theft related incident in Longford town over a year ago

A recovering alcoholic with over 60 previous convictions who broke a car window in Longford town to steal an Apple ipad and rucksack just over a year ago has been told to return to court in June with compensation.

Father of three, Stephen Maughan, 41, Grian Ard, Ardnacassa, Co Longford, pleaded guilty at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court to two counts of theft following incidents in January of last year.

The first incident took place on January 12 at Camlin Court in Longford town where it was alleged Mr Maughan caused €200 worth of damage in breaking a window of a car to steal an ipad and rucksack.

Mr Maughan was also charged with stealing a set of keys from, this time in the New Street area of town.
The court was told Mr Maughan had 62 previous convictions to his name and was identified by gardaí on CCTV.

His solicitor Brid Mimnagh said gardaí were informed of where the stolen ipad was with it later being returned.

She confided Mr Maughan was someone who, in the past, struggled with a chronic alcohol dependency and spent 12 weeks at Cuan Mhuire, an addiction treatment facility.

Ms Mimnagh said her client, through the aid of his wife who stood beside Mr Maughan at last week’s court sitting, was a “changed person” as a result.

She said Mr Maughan was now attending an adult learning centre, something which was of immense pride to him in his ability to help his own children with their homework on a daily basis.

“He’s on the straight and narrow now,” she added, citing how Mr Maughan’s wife was someone who was taking “no nonsense” going forwards.

“If he (Mr Maughan) is not a good example to their children, out he goes,” she said.

Judge Bernadette Owens adjourned the case until June 7 for the purposes of a probation report and advised Mr Maughan to return to court on that date with €250 by way of compensation.

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