‘Vulnerable’ Port thief

A PORTARLINGTON man convicted of two thefts has been ordered to engage with the probation service.

A PORTARLINGTON man convicted of two thefts has been ordered to engage with the probation service.

68-year-old Derek Ryan, 426 Kilnacourt Woods, committed two thefts on June 27 this year, one at Millers Hardware, Coliseum Lane, Portlaoise, and one at Aldi, Portlaoise. Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Ryan took items worth €15.71 from Aldi, and goods worth €20 from Millers.

Ryan has ten previous convictions, including three for theft.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client presents himself as “quite vulnerable”. Mr Meagher went on to say that Ryan may not have the full concept of understanding as to what he had done.

“Is he fit to plead?” asked Judge Catherine Staines.

Mr Meagher replied that Ryan was fit to plead, but he could not explain why he had taken the goods.

The matter was put back to October 10 for a probation report.