Nineteen month sentence for 21-year-old for numerous offences

A 21-year-old Claremorris man who pleaded guilty to a number of charges including theft, criminal damage, possession of a weapon, drink driving, and buying alcohol for a minor was given a total of 19 months in prison at Claremorris District Court this week.

Deividas Ivoska with an address at 83 Boherduff, Claremorris, pleaded guilty to a total of 14 charges in court. The court was told that on September 19 2009 he was arrested in relation to a theft from SuperValu, Claremorris, purchasing alcohol for a minor, and for threatening and abusive behaviour. For the theft he was given a one month prison sentence, for the public order offence a three month consecutive sentence and a one month concurrent sentence for purchasing alcohol for a minor.

On February 18 2010, Ivoska broke into Mount St Michael Secondary School in Claremorris where he caused €600 worth of damage to a stereo and amplification system. He also caused €3,620.80 damage to two tills and a vending machine in the school. For the criminal damage to the stereo and amplification system he was sentenced to three months prison consecutive to the sentence already imposed, and for the breaking and entering and second charge of criminal damage he was given a three month sentence to be served concurrently for each.

On February 25 2010, Ivoska was arrested and charged for failing to comply with the directions of a garda and for being intoxicated in a public place. For failing to comply with the directions of a garda he was sentenced to three months in prison consecutive to the previous sentences imposed and to three months concurrent for being intoxicated in public.

The court was told that on June 18 2010, Ivoska broke into a house in Claremorris and stole a number of items of jewellery, valued at €900. He sold the jewellery to a Cash for Gold shop in the town and received €450. Because he made a number of visits to the shop over a couple of days to sell the jewellery the proprietors contacted the Gardaí about his suspicious behaviour. For the theft, Ivoska was sentenced to six months in prison to be served consecutively to the sentences earlier imposed. On July 25 2010, Ivoska was with a group of youths who were drinking in the grounds of an abandoned nursing home when the group were searched by gardaí for drugs. A knife was found on Ivoska’s person and he could give no good reason for having it. He was sentenced to three months concurrent to the previously imposed terms for the possession of the knife.

On October 21 2010, Ivoska was stopped at a mandatory alcohol checkpoint at Botherduff, Claremorris, where he failed the breath test and returned a reading of 57mlgs of alcohol per 100ml of breath when he gave an intoxilyzer sample in the Garda station. For drink driving he was convicted and fined €500 and disqualified from driving for five years. For failing to appear in court in Westport on October 21 2010, he was convicted and sentenced to three months in prison consecutive and for failing to appear in court in Claremorris on November 16 2010 and in Kiltimagh on January 21 2011 he was given a three month consecutive sentence for each offence.

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