A 34 year-old man who didn’t appear on a series of theft offences was arrested for another larceny the same morning and brought before Dundalk Court on Wednesday last.
Patrick McGuinness with an address at Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor, admitted the offences that stretch back to 2009 and involved mainly the theft of alcohol with which he was stated to have a problem. He also pleaded to a count of dangerous driving of a pedal cycle which involved travelling against the flow of traffic.
His solicitor James McGuill said McGuinness had a difficult number of years and resided in the Simon Community. He had abstained from alcohol and then re-lapsed.
Judge William Hamill agreed to seek a report on the defendant and directed him to follow the recommendations of the probation service.
He remanded him on bail to February 19, and ordered him to stay out of the Marshes Shopping Centre, where the court heard it alleged he had committed a number of the offences, . I
Garda Inspector Martin Beggy outlined the different offences, stating there was a new offence that day and property recovered at the scene.
The first he recounted involved women’s handbags, valued €600 at the Marshes Shopping Centre, another concerning whiskey at Dunnes Stores, also theft of alcohol at Lidl, Saint Helena’s Road.
The dangerous driving of the pedal cycle was at Avenue Road in June where he cycled on a green area where children were playing football, and went across a roadway and then travelled against the flow of traffic.
Other alleged thefts involved Nintendo games and cans of beer and chocolate.
That morning Gardai attended Tesco where it was alleged the defendant didn’t pay for whiskey.
The defendant was the subject of a suspended sentence and brought back before the circuit court, which didn’t activate the sentence, Mr McGuill pointed out. He said that the defendant wanted to deal with his problem.