A YOUNG man who told a judge he doesn’t “go out to rob” will have to complete community service to avoid a prison sentence after he admitted to a spate of thefts.
Evan Hughes, aged 18, of Glendale Lawn, Old Singland Road, pleaded guilty to numerous charges relating to incidents which happened on dates in December, January and March.
Limerick District Court was told Hughes stole games, worth €75, from Gamestop, William Street on December 22; a Ryobi hedge trimmer from Homebase, Dublin Road on January 6, a PS4 accessory, worth €120, from Gamestop, Parkway SC on January 24 and cigarettes, worth €80, from a petrol station on the Ennis Road on March 8.
The defendant also admitted trespassing at a number of different houses on dates over the past few months.
Sergeant Adrian Whelan said the defendant, who has a number of previous convictions, had been placed on probation on December 9, last - a fortnight before the first of the offences.
Addressing Judge Mary Larkin from the main body of the courtroom, Mr Hughes said: “I don’t go out to rob, I just snap once in a blue moon.”
The judge replied that the same law applies to everyone and that “I can’t just walk into an Applegreen (petrol station) and steal cigarettes”.
The judge then added“I can’t do it, you can do it - going around stealing stupid things.”
She told Mr Hughes he “should be going to school or learning a trade” and warned if he does not do something positive with his life he is likely to end up in prison.
“Think about where you are going, you can’t be wandering around town with your hands in your pocket doing nothing,” she said.
After hearing from the defendant and accepting submissions from solicitor Sarah Ryan, Judge Larkin said she will consider a community service penalty, if Mr Hughes is deemed suitable.
She indicated 90 hours in lieu of a three month prison sentence is appropriate and adjourned the case to June.