‘Out of char­ac­ter’ to steal items at air­port


Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

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.

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