A LITHUANIAN man pleaded guilty to stealing clothing from a recycling container at a shopping centre on the outskirts of the city, writes David Hurley.
Kestutis Gatavenes, aged 30, with an address at the Park, Lord Edward Street admitted taking the clothing on August 14, last.
Outlining the facts of the case, Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick Court the defendant was arrested after gardai received complaints that someone was interfering with the recycling container located in the car park of the Roxboro Shopping Centre.
The court was told the recycling container is owned by Liberties Recycling Ltd, which has a number of similar containers around the country.
Sgt Cronin said when gardai arrived shortly after 3.30pm they observed the defendant placing bags of assorted clothing into his car, which was parked nearby.
All of the property, which was worth around €30, was recovered.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client had made an “honest mistake” on the day and that he did not realise he had done anything wrong.
He said the clothing items he took were not in the recycling container as they had been left in boxes “at the side of it”.
Mr McCarthy said his client was “checking to see if there was anything of value” in the boxes and that he was “embarrassed to be before the court”.
He added that his client, who had a young child, had suffered from an alcohol addiction in the past but has now “mended his ways”.
After being informed that Mr Gatavenes’ wife has recently opened a boutique and bridal dress business, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said it was ironic that he had been caught stealing used clothing.
However, noting the defendant’s guilty plea and Mr McCarthy submissions in mitigation the judge adjourned the case to March, 2014 for review.