Thief told to ‘stay off drink’

Irish Examiner - - News - Anne Lucey

A 35-year-old Ken­mare man who stole a tray of Carls­berg beer from a Kil­lar­ney su­per­mar­ket has been told to “stay off the drink over Christ­mas”.

If he man­aged this, he would in­crease his like­li­hood of avoid­ing jail, the judge told Ja­son Crow­ley when he ap­peared be­fore the Dis­trict Court.

Mr Crow­ley, of Scar­teen Park, Ken­mare, had pleaded guilty to steal­ing 12 cans of Carls­berg from Daly’s Su­perValu in Kil­lar­ney on May 2, Ken­mare Dis­trict Court was told by Sgt Miriam Mul­hall Nolan when the mat­ter came up at the reg­u­lar monthly sit­ting yesterday.

Mr Crow­ley had not got into trou­ble since that oc­ca­sion in Kil­lar­ney in May, the court was told.

Judge David Wa­ters said he was con­sid­er­ing ad­journ­ing the mat­ter for fi­nal isati onto Fe­bru­ary.

“Stay off the drink over Christ­mas,” Judge Wa­ters urged Mr Crow­ley af­ter Sgt Derek Flem­ing said Mr Crow­ley had been do­ing “very well” since May.

The judge said given “the progress” Mr Crow­ley was mak­ing he would be mind­ful not to jail him, pro­vid­ing he re­mained off the drink.

Padraig O’Connell, solic­i­tor for Mr Crow­ley, then quipped :“Given that it’ s Carls­berg, he prob­a­bly will stay out of trou­ble!”

The mat­ter has now been ad­journed to the first Fri­day in Fe­bru­ary in Ken­mare.

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