A Limavady man who admitted handling copper wiring which had been stolen has been jailed for five months.
Dean Raymond William McDaid, of Glenbank Walk in the town, pleaded guilty to two charges of handling stolen goods on September 19, last year.
Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the owner of a builder’s yard discovered that someone had forced entry to the yard.
When he checked the property he found that copper wiring was missing as well as a van and a trailer and the key for this vehicle.
The court heard the van was located in Gorteen Crescent by police. Mc Daid was found by the officers a short distance away cutting up the copper wiring in a shed.
Officers searched the 30-year-old and found the key for the stolen van in his coat pocket.
During interview, McDaid claimed a man offered to sell him the copper wiring, which was worth between £600 and £800, for £200.
He said the man had come to his house in the van and claimed he found the key in among the wiring.
Defence counsel Steven Mooney told the court a custodial sentence is “inevitable” however urged the judge to give McDaid credit for his guilty plea.
The barrister added the 30-year-old admitted during interview he knew the copper wiring was probably stolen and that he bought it from a “dodgy” person.
Mr Mooney said this was not pre-meditated and was “very, very much amateur hour” as McDaid was apprehended almost immediately with the stolen items.
He also told the court that McDaid, who has over 140 previous convictions, is currently serving a prison sentence and is also on remand for other alleged offences.
Jailing the 30-year-old, Deputy District Judge Oonagh Mullen said he has an “appalling record”.
She said McDaid’s record and “pattern of offending show a complete disregard for the law. You appear to flaunt it by whatever means.”