Thief jailed after his Turkish holiday

A man convicted of three thefts who failed to provide compensation to his victims was sentenced to six months in prison at Portlaoise District Court, last week.

A man convicted of three thefts who failed to provide compensation to his victims was sentenced to six months in prison at Portlaoise District Court, last week.

Gerard Hawkins, with addresses listed at 12 Gort na Noir, Abbeyleix, and Longford, was convicted in February on three counts of theft.

On that occassion, the court heard that between September 1 and September 3, 2012, Hawkins received €1,200 from an injured party in Ballinakill for electrical goods, such as a television, hoovers and an iPad.He never supplied with the goods.

He received an additional €1,150 from a separate injured party under similar circumstances.

At the February court, Judge Catherine Staines ordered him to pay €600 to each injured party.

Unable to come up with the compensation, Hawkins was ordered to do odd jobs for the victims, earlier this month.

But last week, the court heard that the injured parties were not agreeable to this.

“I don’t blame them,” Judge Catherine Staines said.

She asked the defendant if he had recently holidayed in Turkey.

He admitted that he had.

“This happened two years and not one penny of compensation has been paid. These people are now in financial difficulties themselves,” the Judge said.

“You have shown no remorse. You have received legal aid and appeared here three or four times, I have no option but to send you to prison.”

Judge Staines continued: “You have defrauded people and then I find out from one of those people that you have been on holiday in Turkey.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said his partner had paid for the holiday, but Judge Staines said the money spent on a holiday would have compensated the victims.

“You have no remorse or respect for your victims,” Judge Staines said before sentencing Hawkins to six months in prison.