THE theft of four flower pots from outside a private residence was just one of the offences which landed a Portlaoise man before last week’s district court, where he was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for 20 years.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted that her client had an appalling record, when she offered mitigation for Sean Coss, with various addresses including 4 Hepburn Court, Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, and 10 St Anthony’s Terrace, Knockaheeny, Cork.
The court heard from Garda Michael Carey that on July 7, 2012, Coss drove to Stradbally where he stole four flower pots and flowers from outside a home and then drove off. He was identified via CCTV and when questioned accepted full responsibility.
Coss was also charged with driving without a licence or insurance, and driving while disqualified, at Mountrath Street, Kilcormac, Offaly, on April 29 this year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Coss stopped for the gardaí, but when the gardaí approached him he took off at speed.
There were also earlier charges of driving without a licence or insurance, at 12 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, on December 3 last year, and no insurance at Bianconi Way, Portlaoise, on April 28 last year.
In addition, Coss faced a charge of burglary from The Knackery, Kyletalesha, between January 11 and January 12 this year. Garda Tara Reddin previously gave evidence that when charged, Coss replied, “I didn’t do it; I was forced to say that I did.” This charge was adjourned to September 26 for a book of evidence.
Coss is currently serving a six-month sentence for assault, with a release date of October 26.
In total, Coss has 85 previous convictions.
“It’s an appalling record,” admitted Ms Fitzpatrick.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that in relation to the motoring offences, Coss had only been moving the vehicles a short distance. She said that in relation to the theft of the flower pots, her client had been caught on CCTV and accepted responsibility.
“It’s a poor record,” she added.
Judge Catherine Staines sentenced Coss to six months and disqualified him from driving for 20 years.