Ireland: Man who lives in 15th-century castle avoids prison for cocaine-fuelled crime spree

Conor Carville pleaded guilty to a series of offences, including attempted car-jacking, the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and burglary

A Louth man who lives in a 15th-century castle has avoided a jail sentence for a cocaine-fuelled crime spree which included hijacking a vehicle, assaulting a garda and trying to escape from a garda station.

Conor Carville (45) of Darver Castle, Readypenny, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to a series of offences which occurred on February 17, 2019, including attempted car-jacking, the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and burglary at Darver.

Carville, a self-employed electrician, also admitted assault causing harm to a garda sergeant in Dundalk Garda Station on the same date and possession of cocaine.

Darver Castle, which is situated on a 50-acre estate, was bought by Carville’s parents, Aidan and Mary, in 1997 and is operated as an exclusive wedding venue catering for up to 280 guests.

At a sitting of Wicklow Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Patrick Quinn accepted Carville had engaged in “out of character conduct” and had managed to turn his life around following treatment.

The judge fined Carville a sum of €200, and applying Section 100 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, said he would only impose an 18-month jail sentence if the accused failed to provide ongoing negative urine tests for illicit substances.


The court previously heard evidence that Carville was covered in mud when he waved down a jeep and tried to pull the male driver out of his vehicle in an incident which took place at around 9.30am on February 17, 2019 at Darver.


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