A SLURRY tanker was stolen from a yard in Cork back in 2014 and yesterday a man faced sentencing for the crime.
Solicitor Joseph Cuddigan said that 34-year-old Jeremiah Hayes, of 28 Tuairinglas, Greenfields, Ballincollig, Co Cork, had effectively hit Skid Row on the streets of Birmingham and that the only reason he was back in Cork to face this 2014 case was that his father had walked the streets of Birmingham to find him and bring him home.
Mr Cuddigan said the defendant had his loving and supportive family to thank for helping him to turn his life around, which he had now done and was even working part time.
Sergeant John Kelleher said the defendant went to Hobbs yard in Curraheen, Cork, on September 22, 2014, and unhitched a slurry tanker and then hitched it to a tractor and drove away with it.
He sold it to a scrap yard for €200.
The slurry tanker was later restored to the owner.
Mr Cuddigan said the accused went away to the UK where he replaced drugs with alcohol and ended up “on Skid Row”.
“His family came over to Birmingham and picked him up,” he said.
“He was down and out. They put him through treatment.
“He completed 20 weeks in residential treatment in January ’17 and he went back to work in construction.
“He goes to four AA meetings a week and he is doing aftercare,” he said.
“He is now clean and sober and can see a future for himself,” he said.
“In his favour was an exceptionally supportive family and a father who walked the streets of Birmingham until he found him,” he said.
“He has gone through so much and come out the other end you might consider a non-custodial sentence,” said Mr Cuddigan.
Judge Olann Kelleher said the defendant could do 240 hours of community service instead of 10 months in prison for stealing the tanker.