Man drove off four times with­out pay­ing for petrol

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A MAN who made off with­out mak­ing pay­ment from a petrol sta­tion in Ferns on four sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions ap­peared be­fore the dis­trict court last week on theft charges.

Karl Lacken (37) of Bal­ly­hine Lane, Barn­town, was present and ini­tially was un­rep­re­sented in re­la­tion to the charges aris­ing from in­ci­dents at the Ap­ple­green ser­vice sta­tion in Ferns on Septem­ber 22 and 28 and Oc­to­ber 11 and 15.

The com­bined value of fuel and oil stolen was €129.61.

Ms Ca­tri­ona Walsh was ap­pointed on free le­gal aid and the case was ad­journed, how­ever, it was later called again as Lacken said that he wished to plead guilty and have the mat­ter dealt with. Ms Walsh said that her client had been forced to give up work 18 months ago due to a liver con­di­tion.

She said he was in huge dif­fi­culty at­tend­ing ap­point­ments in St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal in Dublin and around this time his mother was also di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

She said he was trav­el­ling up and down to Dublin and sim­ply could not af­ford the costs.

Ms Walsh said that her client would be will­ing to pay the money back and wished to apol­o­gise to the own­ers of the petrol sta­tion for his ac­tions.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton said that if all of the money was paid back by De­cem­ber 20, he would sim­ply make an or­der bind­ing Lacken to the peace for 12 months with a con­di­tion that he stay away from the Ap­ple­green in Ferns.

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