Jail for Ballyshannon theft despite letter of contrition to judge



A serial offender, who wrote a letter of contrition to a district court judge, has been jailed until Thursday, at Ballyshannon district court.

Jason McDonagh, with addresses at Station Road, Ballyshannon and Lawne Park, Ballyshannon admitted charges of theft from the Spar Supermarket, Ballyshannon and being drunk and a danger to himself and others at Townparks, Ballyshannon on February 27.

The court heard the young man had been released on February 7.

Defense solicitor handed in a letter to Judge Kevin Kilrane that had been written by the defendant, while in custody for previous offences.

Jason McDonagh told the court that he was turning his life around and had E30 –E40 in court as reparation.

“I am asking you to give me a chance.

“I have turned my life around in the past while,” he said.

The defendant said he wanted to apologise for his actions.

Defense solicitor Gerry McGovern said Judge Kevin Kilrane had given his client several previous chances, but he was asking him now for bail.

Inspector Denis Joyce opposed bail owing to the most recent charges against the young man.

The defendant repeatedly pleaded with the judge for bail.

But Judge Kilrane said he was jailing the young man until Thursday’s sitting of Sligo district court.

The Judge remarked that even though the defendant was supposed to be living well away from Ballyshannon and Donegal he seemed to be repeatedly coming back.

The Judge also wanted to know where the defendant was living.


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