Man appears in court in connection with a spate of crime in the Rosses area

A young man involved in a rampage of thievery and burglary by a gang which terrified residents of the Rosses in West Donegal offered Dungloe District Court yesterday an extra €1,500 compensation in addition to €1,600 he already paid into court.
Ryan Boyle, 22, of Lower Keadue, Burtonport, was given three months prison suspended for two years for offences between February 1 and March 13, 2012.
Other offences against him between January and April 2012 were struck out.
Judge Paul Kelly noted that the communities of Kincasslagh, Annagry and Kerrytown were quite distressed by the offences.
He noted that while Boyle had expressed regret and had since disconnected himself from the gang he had played down his role.
But he had also paid substantial compensation and had gained employment in the UK.
The judge told Boyle: “I sincerely hope that is the end of your criminal activity and you will make the best of your opportunity in the UK.”
Inspector David Kelly said the additional payment of €1,500 compensation made to the court by Boyle would be divided in 12 parts for the victims.
An earlier court was told that a gang of up to nine or 10, mainly teenagers, stole heating oil from homes to sell for cash, parts from parked cars to fit on to their own vehicles, and
raided holiday homes.
Juvenile gang members were dealt with elsewhere and there was also one adult caution issued.
A total of 39 charges against Boyle another defendant, Philip Moore, 20, of Cruckakeehan, Annagry,  added up to  €6,000 worth of goods.
Boyle admitted involvement with the Moore in the theft of €3,200 of goods.
Moore admitted at an earlier hearing charges that added up to the remainder of the €6,000, including theft of a €2,000 triathlon bike, over a six-month period between January and June 2012.
The court was told he was now working Derry but he did not turn up for sentence.
Judge Kelly issued a warrant for his arrest.