A Stradbally man who stole money and a phone from two elderly women at the local hospital has been placed on 12 months probation and told to abstain from drink and drugs.
Jamie Kinsella (27), 1 Oakglen, Stradbally, was charged with theft and robbery.
When the case first came before the court in October, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on March 29, at the Midlands Hospital, Portlaoise, an elderly woman was robbed of her purse, containing €105.
The accused was identified and €75 recovered. He was also found in possession of a phone he had stolen earlier from another elderly lady in the hospital.
Sgt Kirby said that one of the ladies was in a wheelchair and got a fright.
The accused had eight previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that his client had a heroin addiction and had spiralled out of control, losing his partner.
“It was a particularly mean spirited and nasty thing to do,” said Mr Breen about the offences.
When the case returned to court last week after being adjourned for compensation, a probation report and victim impact statements, Mr Breen said his client did not have any compensation as he is on social welfare.
Judge Staines placed the accused on 12 months probation, with conditions that he abstain from alcohol and drugs.
The judge also directed that €500 be given to the injured party from the court poor box.