A MONASTEREVIN man who claimed to be so drunk when he broke into a Chinese restaurant and robbed the till that only “snippets” of recollection returned to him the next morning has been ordered to pay compensation and engage with probation.
Joseph Leahy, 1762 St Evins Park, Monasterevin, was charged with criminal damage and burglary, at Good Days, Monastervin, on February 5 this year.
Inspector Martin Harrington told the court that Leahy caused €500 damage to the window of the premises and €2,200 damage to the till, rendering it beyond repair. Leahy also stole €350 in cash.
The inspector said that Leahy, who has two previous convictions, was identified as the perpetrator through CCTV footage.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that his client had been drinking “a considerable amount” at the time, as there had been “significant family issues” in the background.
“He was using alcohol as a crutch and drinking excessively for 12 months,” said Mr Meagher. “He has very little recollection.”
Mr Meagher said that the restaurant was near to his client’s house and as Leahy was returning home on the night he decided, “for whatever reason”, to break in and steal the till.
“The next morning when he woke and looked out of his window, he saw the window of the Chinese was broken and snippets came back to him,” Mr Meagher said, adding that Leahy is now drink and drug free.
Mr Meagher concluded by saying that his client is on social welfare and has not saved compensation as he has rent to pay.
Remarking that Leahy is a very young man who clearly has “significant problems”, Judge Staines put the matter back to November 1 for a probation report.
The judge said she wants to see a receipt from the restaurant for the damage and Leahy must put aside up to €20 a week as compensation. The judge also recommened that the probation service assist Leahy with his rent.