A 'mean' crime to steal bag from bus


A Monasterevin man who claimed he stole a suitcase from a bus as he had taken tablets at the time and had no recollection has been directed to engage with the restorative justice programme.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, David Kelly , 21, 4 The Drive, St Evins Park, Monasterevin, was charged with theft, at the Dublin Road, Monasterevin, on January 3 this year.

Sgt Jason Hughes gave evidence that on January 3 this year, on the coach from Dublin to Portlaoise, the accused stole a bag valued at €600.

He had seven previous convictions, including thefts.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client had been on the bus and he took the bag, which was later recovered undamaged with all the items still inside.

“He simply left it behind,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the accused had been taking tablets at the time and didn’t remember taking it.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the accused was due back before the court on June 11 on a contested matter and asked that the current matter be adjourned for a probation report.

Ms Fitzpatrick said there was no loss to the injured party, but Judge Catherine Staines disagreed.

“There was a loss to the injured party, their suitcase with all their private belongings was taken, this was an incredibly mean thing to do,” said Judge Staines.

The judge adjourned the case to June 11 next, for a restorative justice report. She said the accused could do something for the injured party or the wider community.