18-year-old stole from charity shops

AN 18-year-old Abbeyleix man has been ordered to pay damages and engage with the probation service, having been convicted of a number of burglaries including two from a local charity shop.

AN 18-year-old Abbeyleix man has been ordered to pay damages and engage with the probation service, having been convicted of a number of burglaries including two from a local charity shop.

Sean McHugh, 8 Temperance Street, Abbeyleix, was charged with burglary, possession of knives and criminal damage, at Walshs Shop, Durrow, on April 22.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí responded to a call at 1am and found the defendant on the premises. McHugh had smashed the front window of the shop and cut himself in the process. Damage caused was in excess of €1,000. The court heard that there was “blood damage” from the injury McHugh sustained.

Previous to this, McHugh broke into the Sue Ryder shop, Main Street, Abbeyleix, on two occasions.

Insp Farrelly told the court that McHugh and two others entered the shop on April 1 by smashing the window. A Nokia mobile phone was taken.

On April 20, at 4am, McHugh again entered the Sue Ryder shop through the front window and stole the till, although there was no money in it.

On that same date, McHugh and two others entered the Jade Palace Chinese restaurant in Abbeyleix. They took the float, which contained €50.

Garda Mark Russell gave evidence that €100 damage was caused to the Sue Ryder shop and €150 damage was caused to the Jade Palace. Cash and coins were also taken.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client understood that his actions were very wrong. She said that McHugh had given her €60 toward compensation, and he had approached the credit union for a loan to pay the rest.

“What you did was very wrong, you’re going to have to pay that money back,” Judge Catherine Staines told McHugh. “This is very serious, you could go to prison.”

The matter was put back to September 12 for a probation report, with the judge telling McHugh he must have at least €1,000 compensation.