A CRIMINAL who has more than 80 previous convictions has admitted stealing the identification card of an off-duty garda from his private car.
Yesterday, Kenneth Noonan, aged 30, of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston pleaded guilty to a theft charge relating to the offence, which happened just a week after he received a suspended prison sentence for a burglary offence.
Sergeant John Moloney said the offence happened in the car park of a petrol station on the Dock Road at around 12.30am last April 8.
He told Judge Mary Larkin that Noonan spent around a minute “rummaging” through the car which was parked in the car park while the owner was inside the premises.
The defendant was subsequently identified on CCTV and made admissions following his arrest.
Noonan has also pleaded guilty to possession of small amounts of drugs on dates in April and to possession of a mobile phone at Limerick Prison on May 6, last.
Solicitor Michael O’Donnell said the phone was seized from his client as he was being processed by prison staff and that he had not used it inside the prison.
He added that Noonan had been disciplined by the prison authorities.
He added that his client had cooperated with gardai and made admissions in relation to each of the offences before the court.
In mitigation, he said Noonan has a difficulty with alcohol and that a relative of his died in tragic circumstances in the recent past.
After being informed the defendant received a number of suspended prison sentences on April 1 last, Judge Larkin adjourned the matter until later today when an application will be made to activate that sentence.
Sgt Moloney said those offences related to incidents which happened on separate dates between November 25, last and January 7, last.
By law, if any of the suspended sentences are activated, any custodial sentence imposed in relation to the most recent offences must be served consecutively.