McDonagh family jailed for 13 years

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SIX members of the same family have been sentenced to a collective prison term of over 13 years after committing a wave of catalytic converter thefts across London since July 2013.

Last Friday, the McDonagh family were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court as the judge heard that they formed a sophisticated crime syndicate and that since their arrest police had seen a 50 per cent reduction in the amount of similar thefts.

Gerard

Gerard McDonagh, 31, of Sheldon Road, N18 was sentenced to three years imprisonment for conspiring to steal catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

Martin

Martin McDonagh, 37, of Monmouth Road, N9 was sentenced to three years imprisonment for conspiring to steal catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

Michael

Michael McDonagh, 31, of Saxon Road, N22 was sentenced to three years imprisonment for conspiring to steal catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

Kevin

Kevin McDonagh, 19, of Hoe Lane, EN1 was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for conspiring to steal catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

Joseph

Joseph McDonagh, 31, of South Road, N9 was sentenced to two years imprisonment for conspiring to steal catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

John

John McDonagh, 32, of South Eastern Avenue, N9 was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for four counts of theft of catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

They were also all issued with a five year post-conviction ASBO preventing them from touching an unattended motor vehicle without consent and not to own, possess, use or control cutting equipment capable of cutting metal of a thickness greater than two millimetres.

Officers from Brent borough carried out an investigation after a number of catalytic converters had been stolen from vehicles in the area. They were able to identify the McDonagh family through surveillance work, forensic evidence and CCTV. Other evidence showed that they were placed in vicinity at the time of the thefts.

Since they were remanded in custody after their arrest in April and May there was a 50 per cent reduction in the number of catalytic converters thefts which can solely be credited to the arrest and prosecution of the McDonagh family. The monthly reduction from the most serious month was 320 catalytic converters thefts in April down to 96 in June.

The boroughs that were affected by the thefts were Barnet, Brent, Bexley, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlet and Waltham Forest.

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, Brent Borough commander, said:“This is a fantastic result for the victims of these crimes.”

Inspector Paul Sanders, from Bexley Borough, where some of the theft took place, said: “I’m delighted that this gang who have been stealing catalytic converters and causing misery across that capital have been brought to justice.”

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