‘There’s free ac­com­mo­da­tion in prison’ – judge

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

A MAN who en­joyed a two-day stay at an Ark­low ho­tel and failed to pay his bill, has still not made ef­forts to set­tle his ac­count two years af­ter the of­fence.

Peter O’Kear­ney of 43 Arthur Grif­fith Park, Lu­can, Dublin, came be­fore Ark­low Dis­trict Court last Wed­nes­day, July 19, ac­cused of ob­tain­ing ser­vices by de­cep­tion at the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel on July 17, 2015.

A plea of guilty was en­tered and the court heard that upon check-in the de­fen­dant’s credit card was de­clined but the ho­tel said he could stay and pay his bill on check­out.

He told the ho­tel he would pay later but shortly af­ter this date, he lost his job and never made pay­ment.

Judge Alan Mitchell said that he was not im­pressed by the de­fen­dant mak­ing no ef­fort to pay, up to two years since the stay.

‘There is free ac­com­mo­da­tion in prison,’ he warned O’Kear­ney.

The amount owed to the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel was €360 and the de­fen­dant was given un­til Septem­ber 20 to pay the sum and at that stage the court said it would con­sider strik­ing the mat­ter out.

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