A man who took his landlady’s bank card and stole €2,800 from her account has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Before last week’s district court was Michael Maughan (44), Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17, charged with thefts between May 18 and May 21, 2015.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the accused was renting a property from the injured party at Geashill, Co, Offaly, and got possession of his landlady’s debit card and PIN, which was posted to that address.
He subsequently withdrew €700 on a number of occasions from the Bank of Ireland in Mountmellick, to a total of €2,800.
The injured party, who had moved to Spain, never received any compensation, from either the accused or the bank.
Insp Farrelly told the court that the bank said the woman was at fault, as she had provided the bank with the address to which the correspondence was sent.
There were separate road traffic charges against the accused.
Insp Farrelly said that the accused was stopped driving at Pattison Estate in Mountmnellick on May 18, 2015, and discovered to have no insurance, licence or tax, and was driving while disqualified.
Maughan had over 31 previous convictions, including a number of thefts, handling stolen property, and making gain by deception.
Defence for Maughan admitted the accused had “a rather chequered past”.
Defence said that the bank card came in the post, then a second letter arrived with the PIN, which led to this opportunistic crime.
At the time, the accused was living with his wife and three children and as he was unemployed he was under financial pressure. He was also drinking heavily.
The court heard that Maughan was one of nine children, five of whom had died due to alcohol abuse under the age of 40.
“He’s struggled with alcohol abuse, but it’s under control now,” said defence.
Defence went on to say that his client had work lined up and if given time would like to pay compensation to the injured party.
Judge Aeneas Joseph McCarthy imposed a total of 12 months in prison on the accused. He also imposed three months in prison, concurrent, for driving without insurance, and disqualified Maughan from driving for ten years. For no licence, Maughan was convicted and fined €150, and the charge of driving without tax was taken into consideration. The charge of driving while disqualified was struck out.
Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.