Former Town clerk avoids custodial sentence

By: William O’Toole

A former Wicklow town clerk has avoided a jail term at Wicklow Circuit Court this afternoon.

Frank O’Toole (65) who was found guilty of corruption last December was landed with a € 10,000 fine and a 18 month suspended sentence.

Mr O’Toole was also required to enter into a bond of €100 to keep to the peace for two years.

In handing down his sentence Judge Gerard Griffin said that Mr O’Toole had abused his position as the first citizen of Wicklow and he also betrayed the people of Wicklow.

He also went on to say that he did not feel a custodial sentence was appropriate because ‘there was no evidence O’Toole had personally benefited from the offence.

He also said that he had cooperated at all times with the investigation.

The Judge also took into account Mr O’Toole’s underlying medical condition, as well as the fact that he was sole career for his unwell brother.

Last December, O’Toole had pleaded guilty to of furnishing a letter to Patrick O’Toole – no relation to the guilty party, claiming that he had paid development levies of €64,840, which turned out not to be the case.

 

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