Organised crime spree caused great distress in west Donegal

A 21-year-old Burtonport man had his case adjourned until January 14th to allow him time to raise compensation for crimes committed in the Rosses area over a time frame of four months.

A 21-year-old Burtonport man had his case adjourned until January 14th to allow him time to raise compensation for crimes committed in the Rosses area over a time frame of four months.

Ryan Boyle with an address at Lower Keadue, Burtonport took part in what was described as “a planned and executed” crime spree over a period of four months.

Dungloe District Court heard that Boyle had entered a plea in April last. Boyle was accused of being one of as many as nine or ten people who stole home heating oil, car parts and items from garden sheds in an area that spans from Burtonport to Kinncasslagh.

Garda Michelle Donlan said that Boyle was part of a larger group adding that most of the other cases had been dealt with in juvenile court. She said the events caused distress in the area.

Defence solicitor, Cormac Hartnett said that his client had €1,600 in court to cover losses to the injured parties. Judge Paul Kelly said: “This spree was organised. It was planned and executed. It was not just a once off. This is a very comprehensive number of offences. There are 16 offences that we are proceeding with,” he said.

He added that the probation report suggested that he has not shown a “significant amount of remorse.”