Man jailed for theft of lawnmowers from Castleblayney

A man has been jailed for his part in theft of lawn movers in Castleblayney last year.

26 year old Donatas Aleksandravicious of Parkwood, Roschoill, Drogheda, County Louth appeared before Judge John Alymer in Monaghan Circuit Court today.

The case related to the theft of two ride on lawnmowers both worth €5,000 and an Ifor Williams trailer from the premises of John McGuinness outside Castleblayney on July 8th 2019.

The property was traced to Raimandas Girginas and Donatas Aleksandravicious after video footage captured a Skoda Superb pulling the trailer on the M1 motorway in the direction of Drogheda.

Garda investigations linked the car, which has been bearing false plates, to an address the two accused were residing at, in Drogheda.

37 year old Raimandas Girginas was sentenced before the Court in October of last year to 3 years in prison.

The Court heard today that Mr Aleksandravicious was “the lesser of the two” in the incident, and cut the lock of the property with bolt cutters.

In a victim impact statement read to the court by Garda Orla Nelson, Mr McGuinness and his son explained the financial loss of the theft and the impact it had on their contract to cut grass for Monaghan County Council.

They added their frustration that the two accused said the property could be returned, but was never recovered.

Judge Alymer said this type of theft is a “scurge to the community” and although Aleksandravicious had a “slightly less role”, he saw it as a “joint enterprise”.

He took into account the lesser record versus the co accused, his fullest cooperation, the appearance of remorse and an early guilty plea.

Judge Alymer sentenced the accused to two years in prison, and gave full credit to the six months already spent in custody.