Drunk man caught stealing told garda his name was ‘golliwogg’

Newcastle West courthouse
A DRUNK man who was caught stealing a sausage from a supermarket told a garda that his name was “golliwogg”, a Limerick court has heard.

A DRUNK man who was caught stealing a sausage from a supermarket told a garda that his name was “golliwogg”, a Limerick court has heard.

Timmy Riordan, aged 39, of Cahara, Glin was arrested for theft and public order offences at Gortboy, Newcastle West on May 11 after he had stolen hot food items worth a total of €5 from a nearby Centra store.

Riordan, who has 31 previous convictions for offences including possession of drugs and theft, is now facing two months in prison as a previous suspended sentence is set to be activated.

Speaking at Newcastle West court Supt Helen Deely said that after receiving a report of theft from Garvey’s Centra, Garda Thomas Commane found Riordan “in an intoxicated state” a short distance away.

When asked what his name was, Riordan told the garda it was “golliwogg”. The garda was not able to determine the accused’s name and address at the scene, and he was subsequently arrested.

The court heard that Riordan has a total of 31 previous convictions, including one month in jail for theft in October 2011. He also has previous convictions for possession of drugs for sale or supply.

At Listowel District Court in July 2012, Riordan received a two-month prison sentence for public order offences, including refusing to give a name and address to a garda and being intoxicated in public, which was suspended for one year.

As the suspended sentence is still active, Judge Mary Larkin remanded the case against Riordan back to Listowel court next Wednesday, July 19 for activation of the two-month jail term.