The tole his elderly mother’s debit card and lost close to €3,000 gambling at a casino
A LIMERICK man who stole his elderly mother’s debit card and lost close to €3,000 gambling at a casino in the city will have to complete community service to avoid prison.
Eugene Nevin, aged 36, who has an address at Oliver Plunkett Street, St Mary’s Park has pleaded guilty to more than a dozen theft charges relating to offences which occurred on dates in June 2016.
Limerick District Court was told the defendant, who has more than 60 previous convictions, surreptitiously obtained his mother’s pin which enabled him to use the stolen card to obtain cash.
Sergeant Donal Cronin, prosecuting, said the card was used to obtain a total of €2,700 at Roma Casino on June 29, 2016 while it was also used at a Paddy Power William Street.
He said no compensation has been paid to date and that the injured party remains at a loss of more than €2,800.
Solicitor Michael O’Donnell said his client, who fell out with his mother as a result of the incident, intends repaying the money and was willing to put aside €100 per month.
Mr O’Donnell said his client accepts his actions were “very lousy” but added that Mrs Nevin is a “forgiving mother up to a point”.
Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant, who no longer lives with his mother, did not make any personal gain as a result of his actions.
He has had addiction difficulties in the past and is currently on a methadone programme.
Having canvassed the views of the injured party, Sgt Cronin said she was “not anxious” for the matter to be finalised in a way that would result in her son being imprisoned.
Judge Mary Larkin described the actions of Mr Nevin as “particularly deispicable” and she questioned why he cannot get a job and “put yourself to work”.
She commented that his guilty plea had been entered “at the 99th hour” after he had forced his mother to attend court.
Adjourning the matter to the new year, she indicated she is considering a penalty of 220 hours of community service in lieu of an 11 month prison sentence.She fined Mr Nevin €200 in relation to a separate theft matter at Aldi, Childers Road.