AN Abbeyleix man now living in Longford has been convicted of three counts of theft, having taken money from people in return for electrical goods which he failed to deliver.
Gerard Hawkins, formerly of 12 Gort na Noir, Abbeyleix, and now with an address at Apt 2 Zola Apts, Richmond Street, Longford, committed the offences in September, 2011.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that between September 1 and September 3, Hawkins received €1,200 for electrical goods, such as a television, hoovers and an iPad, but he never came up with the goods.
He received an additional €1,150 from a separate injured party under similar circumstances.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client had been gainfully employed for years before he was diagnosed with MS. Hawkins had seen this venture as an opportunity to make money, but unfortunately he could not obtain the goods at the lower price and soon found himself in arrears, owing €2,750.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that Hawkins is ashamed of his actions and moved out of the area soon after. He could not gather up compensation as he is on social welfare of €206 per week, but he was giving a commitment to pay back €50 a week.
Judge Catherine Staines remarked that these offences had occurred in 2011 and he still had not saved any money. She put the matter back to July 18, for Hawkins to have €600 for each of the injured parties. The judge said she would deal with sentencing on that date.