Bench warrant as shoplifter didn't return to court

Romanian national failed to pay compensation one year after offence

Bench warrant as shoplifter didn't return to court

A qualified barber charged with a number of theft offences, including a cash scam, who was directed to pay compensation after lunch at last week’s court, failed to return in the afternoon with the money and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Before last Thursday’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Gavril Anghel (36), with an address at Rossdarragh Glen, Portlaoise, charged with three offences.

Inspector Ollie Baker gave evidence that on November 25, 2016, the accused went to a store in Laois Shopping Centre where, after confusing the cashier in a scam involving changing banknotes, he stole €168.

On May 26 this year, at Bradshaws on the Stradbally Road in Portlaoise, he took a tool kit valued at €347.

And on July 13 this year, the accused took items from Tesco, Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, valued at €13.16.

Insp Baker said that the tools from Bradshaws and the stolen groceries from Tesco were recovered, but the third shop was still at a loss of €168.

The accused had previous convictions under the road traffic act.

Defence, Ms Louise Troy said her client, a Romanian national who was a father of three children, was qualified as a barber.

Ms Troy said he had suffered a number of bereavements in the last few months, with his mother and father both passing away.

She said he needed an opportunity to pay compensation. Judge Catherine Staines remarked that the offence had happened last November and he still had no compensation.

Ms Troy replied that her client had difficulties with his social welfare.

Judge Staines put the case back to after lunchtime, saying that the matter had gone on long enough.

When the case was recalled after lunch, the accused failed to return to court.

In that event, a bench warrant was issued for the accused's arrest.