Bogus collector at ploughing

Using a bogus collection sheet, a Limerick man unlawfully collected close to €300 from unsuspecting members of the public at last year’s National Ploughing Championship in Laois.

Using a bogus collection sheet, a Limerick man unlawfully collected close to €300 from unsuspecting members of the public at last year’s National Ploughing Championship in Laois.

At last week’s district court, Gerry Stokes, 61 Springlawn, Limerick, was charged with refusing or failing to produce a collector’s permit, at the ploughing championship in Ratheniska on September 24 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Stokes had a bogus sheet and was claiming to be collecting money for a 5km homeless run. He had collected €284 from the public, and others collecting with him fled the scene when the gardaí arrived.

Stokes had seven previous convictions, including a suspended sentence which he had breached by committing this offence.

As he was in breach of the suspended sentence, Stokes was remanded back to Longford court.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered that the €284 be given to the Simon Community.