A LIMERICK man was paid €80 for acting as a lookout as four barrels of beer were stolen from outside the Launch Bar on John Street, Limerick District Court has been told.
But Anthony McNamara failed to reveal the identity of an accomplice who loaded the kegs on to a truck, Inspector Seamus Ruane said.
Mr McNamara, 37, of Georgian Village, Old Cork Road, pleaded guilty to theft at the John Street public house on August 19, 2009.
Insp Ruane, of Roxboro Road Garda Station, told the court that a delivery was being made when Mr McNamara and another man struck.
Four kegs were loaded on to a white pick-up truck while Mr McNamara acted as a lookout, the inspector said.
“He was paid €80 for his efforts,” he added.
The accused was arrested on October 10 that year and while he “admitted his own role in the crime he gave no assistance in identifying others who were involved in the incident”, the inspector said.
The value of the goods stolen was €700 and the property was not recovered.
Mr McNamara, the court heard, had accumulated 33 previous convictions in total, including theft, public order and traffic offences.
Solicitor Chris Lynch said Mr McNamara had paid compensation to the property owners.
“He has assumed responsibility for this and has made good the loss,” Mr Lynch told Judge Tom O’Donnell.
“He is in a steady relationship and is the father of a child from a previous relationship,” Mr Lynch said.
His client was currently working for a pallet company but had been out of work for a short period of time at the time of the offence.
“It was because of this that he foolishly took part in this hare-brained scheme.
“He is the one who has had to pay for it. He is here today and he apologises unreservedly to the court,” Mr Lynch said.
Judge O’Donnell said he was reluctant to conclude the case while there were outstanding warrants for Mr McNamara to appear before the District Court in Nenagh and in Enistymon on separate matters.
He was remanded on bail to appear before Ennistymon District Court this Tuesday with bail fixed at €250.
Judge O’Donnell indicated that he would finalise the Launch Bar matter on Thursday, February 17.