A man has been jailed and his wife has been given a suspended sentence for abducting a baby boy who was found abandoned in Carlow.

Andrew Warriner, 25, from Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts in the UK was jailed for 14 months at Nottingham Crown Court.

His wife Georgina Warriner, 21, was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Georgina Warriner is also banned from unsupervised contact with children under 18, and had to surrender her passport.

She was also ordered not to have any contact with Andrew Warriner.

The couple had previously pleaded guilty to taking a child out of the UK without appropriate consent.

The baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken from the home of his legal guardian when he was eight-months-old in the Ashfield area of Nottinghamshire on 22 January.

He was found abandoned the following day near the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow town.

A note with his name and date of birth was pinned to his buggy.

Andrew Warriner later phoned his father to say they had left the baby in the cathedral, the court heard.

Prosecutor Stephen Lowne said: It appears that the two of them had gone to Carlow to locate an ex-boyfriend of Georgina's.

Mr Lowne said 'CCTV from Holyhead was recovered; it showed the two defendants and a pram on the outward journey but only the two defendants on the return.'

The prosecutor said it seemed the boyfriend had moved house so the couple's plans 'hit a brick wall' and they were concerned they could not afford to stay in a hotel and could not sleep outside with the baby.

Georgina said she watched until a lady had approached the pram and once it appeared that lady had called the garda.

The baby was unharmed and found to be safe and well.

He said when the defendants returned to the UK they were arrested by police in Wales and taken to a police station for questioning.

Judge Tony Mitchell said they had no idea who the adult might have been and it was only 'by good fortune' that the child was safe.