Man stole 20 bot­tles of spir­its from Cop­pers

Irish Independent - - News -

A MAN who stole 20 bot­tles of spir­its worth up to €900 from Cop­per Face Jacks night­club in Dublin has told a judge he wants to be­come an “hon­est mem­ber of so­ci­ety”.

Fa­ther-of-two Ja­son Whe­lan (29) told gar­daí it had been his in­ten­tion to use the toi­let in the night­club, but that he spot­ted an op­por­tu­nity.

Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court heard Whe­lan was ob­served on CCTV en­ter­ing the club three times and go­ing be­hind the counter to steal the bot­tles of spir­its, which were worth be­tween €700 and €900.

At one point he looked up at a CCTV cam­era, lead­ing to his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ar­rest.

Whe­lan, of Wood­hazel Ter­race, Bal­ly­mun, pleaded guilty to bur­glary at the night­club on May 27, 2017. He has 91 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, of which 43 are for bur­glar­ies.

Whe­lan wrote a let­ter to the sen­tenc­ing judge which was read out on his be­half, in which he apol­o­gised to ev­ery­one he had hurt in his life. Judge Me­lanie Gre­ally ac­cepted “the great note of sin­cer­ity” in Whe­lan’s let­ter, which she said he was back­ing up with gen­uine ef­forts at re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in prison.

She ad­journed sen­tenc­ing un­til March 13.

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