Dublin conviction for Gas Tampering

by Gazette Reporter
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Gas Networks Ireland has welcomed the verdict in a case relating to dishonest use of gas at an address in Mac Uilliam Avenue Apartments, Fortunestown, Dublin 24. 

On 2 October 2023, following a plea of guilty, Mr Connor Mulligan was convicted at Dublin District Court under Section 15 of the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995.

The court heard that Gas Networks Ireland had carried out an investigation at the property in February 2023 and found the gas supply had been unlawfully tampered.

Judge Halpin convicted and fined Mr Mulligan €500 on the offence of dishonest use of gas contrary to Section 15(2) of the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 as amended, with two further offences under sections 15 (3) and 15 (6) taken into consideration. Costs of €500 were also allocated to Gas Networks Ireland.

Mr Mulligan has been given three months to discharge the total sum of €1,000.

Gas Networks Ireland’s Networks Safety Manager, Owen Wilson, said: “This verdict sends out an important message to the public that meter tampering is a serious crime with potentially deadly consequences.  Theft of gas is a very serious issue, but far more serious is the risk to life that meter tampering poses to the perpetrator and to people nearby. 

“We are working to end unlawful interference with gas meters and the dangers associated with this activity.”

Due to the dangers involved, gas meter tampering is a criminal offence with possible fines of up to €5,000 and prison sentences of up to six months for those found guilty of the crime. 

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