‘There’s free accommodation in prison’ – judge
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.