The targeting of outboard engines for theft in Kinsale was a particularly disquieting crime for the owners.
That was the view taken by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court as he refused to remand the two culprits on bail pending their sentencing on November 7.
Defence barristers stressed that the two men were caught on the night, both were in working fulltime and they did not actually get away with any property. Also, neither one of the accused had any previous convictions.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said prison sentences were highly likely and he was not going to remand the defendants on bail.
“This is a professional crime of going around stealing engines from motorboats. Tell me where I am wrong,” the judge said.
Defence barrister, Shane O’Callaghan, for Giedrius Stoncius, 30, of Bellview Court, Mallow, County Cork, characterised the offences as opportunistic and all happened on the same night. He also said the accused had brought €500 to court to pay one owner for criminal damage that he caused. He said all the stolen property was returned to the owners.
“I would imagine this type of crime causes immense worry.
“These are difficult times to detect,” the judge said.
He added, “Under no circumstances will there be a non-custodial sentence.
Co-accused Giedrius Lukosius, 33, also of Bellview Court, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Emmet Boyle defence barrister said in his application for bail, “None of the items left Pier Road on the night. He has been working here for 14 years.” The judge denied bail in this case too and said, “The methodology and extent of the offences suggest a professional organisation.
“If what I am hearing from the pleas is correct then the likelihood of a prison sentence is significant.”
The charges related to the Marina, Pier Road, Kinsale, County Cork, on February 18.