A prominent Donegal businessman targeted by thieves who stole a specialised piece of farming equipment from him says property owners should be allowed to use “lethal force” to protect their property.
Drumkeen building contractor, Dessie McFeely is offering a reward of €,5000 for information which will identify those involved in the theft of a valuable McHale ‘Soft hand bail handler’ that was taken from his property recently in Meenavoy, Drumkeen.
Mr McFeely says the punishment handed down in court for the perpetrators of such crimes is not a deterrent and claims many thieves continue to re-offend.
He said in circumstances where criminals are caught in the act, a property owner should be entitled to use “whatever force they feel is necessary”.
“Even if someone is caught for this, a solicitor will come along with these guys in court and they will be fined 250 or 300 euro. They get off and they are away again doing the exact same thing. I don’t blame the gardai one bit because their hands are tied,” he says.
“You have to abide by the law of the land. Secondly, because of the fact the jails are overcrowded and a garda brings someone to court and there is this small fine, that is not a deterrent. That’s the point I’d be making about lethal force,” he adds.
“If they are caught in the act, instant justice is the best way to prevent anything.”
Mr McFeely has taken out an advert in this newspaper outlining the details of the reward on offer for the information.
He says he believes the bail handler was either taken by a farmer or is destined to be sold on to a farmer who may not know the equipment’s true origin.