The Special Criminal Court has heard how a south Armagh man who got involved in ATM thefts on a "one off basis" is determined to keep out of trouble.
In July, 39 year old Niall Finnegan with an address at Cherry Grove, Cullyhanna pleaded guilty to possessing or handling €103,000 in Moynalty Co.Meath following a 2019 ATM theft.
Padraig Dwyer SC asked the three-judge court for a non-custodial sentence, as his client had no relevant previous convictions and "has no truck" with the other men involved.
Written references to the Court were described as showing Finnegan to be a hard-working family man who is involved with his community, volunteers for the GAA and shows "exceptional kindness and care" to others.
Mr Dwyer said the crime was out of character, that he co-operated with Gardai and intends to remain out of trouble for the rest of his life.
Presiding Judge, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the court must consider deterrents to prevent others committing crimes and that a "light" sentence could be overturned by the Court of Appeal.
He said a "sympathetic sentence does them no good. It postpones the evil day."
Sentencing was adjourned until November 29th.