13 Aug 2022

Alcohol worth €432 stolen from Laois store

Alcohol worth €432 stolen from Laois store

A 20-year-old man who was part of a group who robbed €432 of spirits from a Rathdowney store has been ordered to pay compensation.

Elvis Ciungu (20), Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin, was charged with an offence under the theft act.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that the accused entered Supervalu in Rathdowney on July 23, 2017, and loaded up a trolley with a variety of spirits totalling €432 before leaving the store without paying.

The property was not recovered.

The accused had five previous convictions, including three for theft.

Defence said that the accused, a Romanian national, had been in custody and was due to be released that same day.

Defence said that the offence before the court was the first in sequence of the accused’s offending.

Sgt Kirby confirmed this, saying that the accused was not arrested until a subsequent incident in Castleblayney.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that the accused had since appeared in court and served a sentence on other matters. She asked did the accused have any compensation, or any family with him in court.

Defence replied that he didn’t. Defence also said that three others were involved in the theft and the accused was the youngest participant.

Judge Staines said she accepted the accused had served a sentence in the meantime, but the money had to be paid back.

She adjourned the case to June 19 for compensation.

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