Man had stolen bouncy castle

The man appeared at Buncrana District Court
The man appeared at Buncrana District Court

A man who bought a £5,000 bouncy castle which had been stolen in the Republic of Ireland has received a suspended sentence.

Patrick Coyle, of Cashel Hill Park, pleaded guilty to handing goods stolen in the Republic of Ireland on August 2.

He also admitted handling a stolen wood burning stove in May this year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that the bouncy castle was worth £5,000 and was stolen a week before it was seen fully inflated outside Coyle’s home.

The 39-year-old claimed he had seen it for sale on the internet for £500 and met a man in Bridgend where he paid £250 for it.

In May, a wood burning stove worth £900 was stolen from the rear of a property in the city.

The owner used social media to make people aware of the incident and an acquaintance saw it in a scrap metal site.

He bought it for £25 to give it back to his friend.

Coyle was connected to the stove by CCTV from the scrap metal site.

He claimed he found it while out walking his dog and sold it for £19.50 to ‘earn a pound’.

Defence counsl Eoghan Devlin said the 39-year-old’s criminal record ‘is less than commendable’.

However, he added that Coyle is a carer for ill relatives and an immediate custodial sentence could be ‘damaging’ for them.

Suspending a six month jail sentence for two years, Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare also ordered Coyle to pay £25 compensation.