Brothers sentenced in Northampton court after stealing half a ton of beer worth £4.300... but received nothing after being double-crossed by a fellow burglar.

Two Northampton brothers were sentenced for stealing half-a-ton of beer to sell for just £50 - but in the end they didn't see a penny of it.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 4:41 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:24 am
The brothers helped steal over 4,000 worth of beer.

Jerry O'Driscoll, 33, of Patterdale Walk, off Churchill Avenue, and Thomas O'Driscoll, 52, of Eskdale Avenue, off Broadmead Avenue, both pleaded guilty to theft after stealing twelve 11-gallon beer kegs from Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, last year.

They took part in the offence after being made "an offer they couldn't refuse'"of £50 from a third party.

None of the beer, worth an estimated £4,300, has been recovered since the incident.

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At around 7.45pm on February 18 2016, the O'Driscoll brothers and a third offender, who has not been identified, approached Whittlebury Hall in a white van.

The brothers were caught on CCTV as they pulled up to the beer storage area, where Jerry O'Driscoll got out of the van with a pair of wire cutters.

The men stole the 12 kegs, loaded them into the back of the van and drove off.

In sentencing, Recorder Nigel Daly said: "I understand you were approached to take part in this act when money was short and you were made 'an offer you couldn't refuse.'

"You say you were offered £50 for your involvement. This is a sum you never saw as the third offender in this case drove off with the beer without paying you.

"I have to sentence you today for trying to steal quite a lot of beer. You did it under a suspended sentence. You deliberately stole this beer to order, and you would not have got a great deal of money for it."

Jerry O'Driscoll, a father of three children, one of who is three-weeks-old, was sentenced to four months imprisonment.

Thomas O'Driscoll was sentenced to eight months.