A Mountrath man has been convicted of stealing an Xbox from the local community hall.
David Bergin (18), The Bungalow, Fairfield, Mountrath, was charged with burglary, at the Community Hall, Church Street, Ballinakill.
Inspector Oliver Baker gave evidence that on August 6 this year, the gardaí responded to a call of four youths acting suspiciously in the church grounds at Ballinakill and directed the youths to leave.
It subsequently came to light that there had been a burglary at the Ballinakill Community Hall in which an Xbox 360 was stolen, valued at €400.
The accused admitted his part in the burglary and returned the Xbox the next week, but the item was damaged beyond repair.
Bergin had no previous convictions.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that the four youths between them had gathered up €400 compensation.
She said Bergin had been drinking socially on the night and saw an open window at the community centre. It wasn’t his intention to take anything, but he saw the Xbox and took it.
The court heard that Bergin placed the stolen Xbox in a bag and left it behind a fence, where it remained.
Ms Fitzpatrick put it that the injured party had now been compensated, although they had been at the loss of the item for a certain time.
She went on to say that her client had written a letter of apology, and as he is of a young age she asked Judge Catherine Staines not to impose a custodial sentence.
The matter was adjourned to December 15 for a probation report.