Had stolen China in his home

“He suspected the items were stolen; he should have known (the people staying with him) would have had no need for China delph.”

“He suspected the items were stolen; he should have known (the people staying with him) would have had no need for China delph.”

So said the solicitor for a Mountrath man who was caught with stolen property at his home. At last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise was William Mulrooney (28), of Apt 1 Library Apartments, Mountrath. He was charged with possession of stolen property at his home address on March 10 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí conducted a search of Mulrooney’s house and discovered China delph, a lamp, and a pink Laois GAA jersey, all of which were stolen during a burglary from Woodbrook, Mountrath, on February 20.

Mulrooney admitted he knew it was stolen, Insp Farrelly said, and cooperated with gardaí “to a point”.

Mulrooney had over 30 previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Mulrooney’s partner had been contacted by individuals and it was agreed that these individuals could stay in the couple’s spare room on and off. These individuals subsequently left the house, leaving behind the property.

“He suspected the items were stolen; he should have known they would have had no need for China delph,” said Mr Meagher. “He was foolish in so far as he didn’t contact the gardaí.”

Mr Meagher said that Mulrooney is attending the Ana Liffey Drug Project, and has his name down for a place on Coote Street to deal with his drug problem. He is periodically using methadone, said Mr Meagher.

Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to June 18 for a probation report, and for urinalysis.