‘Quite strange’ theft by foreign national

Portlaoise courthouse.
A man charged with theft whose defence counsel could offer no explanation for the crime was last week given community service.

A man charged with theft whose defence counsel could offer no explanation for the crime was last week given community service.

Dimitrijs Mikalajus, with an address given in court as Flat 9, Newpark Apartments, Portlaoise, was charged with theft from TK Maxx, The Kyle Centre, Portlaoise, on March 2.

Garda William Whelan gave evidence that Mikalajus stole goods worth €64. All property was recovered by the gardaí.

Garda Whelan expressed concerns over the address provided by the defendant.

“They’re very vague, everyone lives there, I wouldn’t accept that,” he said.

Defence, Mr Colm Hennessy said that his client had been living in Ireland for nine years, and gainfully employed for eight years.

“He paid for some items, but I don’t know what the motivation is behind this, it’s quite strange,” admitted Mr Hennessy.

Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to October 17 for a probation report. She sentenced Mikalajus to 100 hours’ community service in lieu of four months in prison. He must also produce evidence of his address.