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Judge says rural Ireland is tired of Dublin criminals robbing them

Judge says rural Ireland is tired of Dublin criminals robbing them

A judge in Athlone has declared that people in rural Ireland are tired of Dublin criminals robbing them.

The declaration was reported in this week's Westmeath Independent, who were reporting on the case Derek Joyce.

Joyce, of 10, St Mary's Park, Dunsink Lane, Finglas was sentenced to five months in prison for a range of offences, including driving while disqualified, having no insurance and with stealing toys to the the value of €703.93 at Smyth's Toy Store in Moate. All the offences took place on November 20, 2014.

Joyce was also charged, and convicted, of handling stolen clothing to the value of €739 on the same date at another location.

The defendent, who pleaded guilty, was on the way back to Dublin when he was stopped by gardai and the goods were found.

Joyce, a 37-year-old father of two, had not reoffended since and all the goods had been recovered and returned.

Judge Hughes said:"The people of rural Ireland are tired of Dublin-based criminals coming down to rural areas and robbing left, right and centre."

The judge sentenced Joyce to five months for driving while disqualified, while he was given four month sentences, to run concurrently, for the theft and handling stolen goods charges.