‘Out of character’ to steal items at airport
MAN IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS HAS CASE STRUCK OUT
A MAN who was under financial pressure after his business went under and stole nearly €500 of items from Dublin Airport to give as presents in what has been described as a ‘ true example of the downturn of the Celtic Tiger' had his case struck out after he paid €200 to a local St Vincent de Paul charity.
Pat Byrne of Lott Lane, Kilcoole in Wicklow pleaded guilty to the theft of Jameson whiskey valued at €25, a bottle of Mount Reilly white wine valued at €16 and Stella McCartney perfume valued at €80 from The Loop, Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport on Sep- tember 23rd, 2012. He further pleaded guilty to the theft of Dr Dre headphones valued at €346 from Dixons at Dublin Airport on the same date.
Garda Kevin Nolan gave evidence that 45year-old Byrne was detained by gardaí at Dublin Airport on suspicion of theft.
‘All of the items were recovered and re-sellable,' said Gda. Nolan.
Gda. Nolan said Byrne was flying out of Dublin Airport with his partner who treated him to a holiday at the time of the offence and that it was ‘completely out of character' for Byrne to steal the items as he has no pre- vious convictions. Byrne's solicitor told the court that Byrne was under extreme financial strain at the time as his business went under and properties he owned were seized by the bank.
‘ This is a true example of the downturn of the Celtic Tiger. He had employed 15 people in his business and now that's all gone,' said the solicitor. He has borrowed €200 from his partner if the court would consider the Probation Act,' she added.
Judge Dermot Dempsey agreed that if Byrne paid across €200 for a local charity he would strike the case out.