Judge: 'Great credit due' to Cork man with long record of convictions who has turned his life around 

Judge: 'Great credit due' to Cork man with long record of convictions who has turned his life around 

He managed to get himself clean of drugs and alcohol and get into employment.

A man with an appalling record of convictions was congratulated by a sentencing judge for turning his life around and getting a job in construction.

The judge said Jonathan O’Sullivan, 34, will avoid jail for handing a stolen Visa card in 2018 if he keeps up the good work.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said at Cork District Court that Jonathan O’Sullivan of 30 Fairfield Avenue, Farranree, Cork, was searched back on October 24 2018.

He was found to be carrying a stolen Visa card that had been taken in a separate incident – not before the court.

The single charge against O’Sullivan was of being in possession of stolen property, namely the Visa card.

The 34-year-old had 92 previous convictions, including 26 for theft and two for handling stolen property.

Frank Buttimer, defence solicitor, said that while the accused had previous convictions there had been a media article about him talking about positive things the defendant was doing in the community. And he also managed to get himself clean of drugs and alcohol and get into employment.

Judge Olann Kelleher said that while the accused had an appalling record, “There is great credit due to you.” 

He said that getting back to work with a record of convictions like that was commendable.

The judge said he would not finalise sentencing but instead would put the matter back until September 28 with the defendant on continuing bail.

“If there is no trouble between now and then you won’t be in custody,” Judge Kelleher said.

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