A LIMERICK city man stole €205, four bottles of vodka and a bottle of coke from an off licence thirty minutes after being released from Newcastle West garda station, Kilmallock court heard.
Timmy Casey, aged 35, of Clonlong, Southill pleaded guilty to theft on July 4, 2012. Supt Pat McCarthy said Casey entered Carry Out Off Licence on Bishop Street, Newcastle West. “He took €205 from the rear cash office and four bottles of vodka and a bottle of coke. He had been released thirty minutes earlier from Newcastle West garda station,” said Supt McCarthy.
The court heard that gardai carried out a search of Castleview housing estate where they found Mr Casey carrying a plastic bag. “He threw the bag over a wall in to Sharwood estate and climbed over a wall,” said Supt McCarthy.
When gardai found Casey, the superintendent said the defendant was very abusive. The bottles of vodka and the bottle of coke was recovered.
Supt McCarthy said Casey had 82 previous convictions.
Casey’s solicitor, Brendan Gill said his client is a married man with three children. “This is his first offence in two years. The latest relapse follows the tragic death of a family relative. He got in trouble with the gardai which led to this,” said Mr Gill.
Casey wished to address the court and told Judge Mary O’Halloran he was very sorry. “It will never happen again. I never got a chance in my life,” said Casey.
Judge O’Halloran fined Casey €200 and sentenced him to two months imprisonment.