Portlaoise man stole from sister

A PORTLAOISE man who stole money from his own sister before he caused a drunken disturbance in the street has been given a suspended sentence, with Judge Catherine Staines warning him this is his last chance to avoid jail.

A PORTLAOISE man who stole money from his own sister before he caused a drunken disturbance in the street has been given a suspended sentence, with Judge Catherine Staines warning him this is his last chance to avoid jail.

Mark Maher, 28 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, was in a highly intoxicated state at O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, on June 11. Inspector Martin Harrington told the District Court that Maher was causing a large disturbance and had to be arrested. A search of his person revealed tin foil with traces of heroin. It subsequently turned out that Maher had earlier stolen €70 from his own sister’s purse.

He has seven previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that his client had been under the influence of intoxicants at the time, but he is now attending with Coote Street addiction services in Portlaoise. The court also heard from probation officer, Ms Ann Walsh that Maher is currently completing a previous community service order.

Judge Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, and warned Maher: “I’ve given you community service and now I’m giving you a suspended sentence - there’s nothing else left.”