Man stole 20 bottles of spirits from Coppers
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.