Portlaoise man stole car while heavily intoxicated

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Portlaoise man stole car while heavily intoxicated

Portlaoise courthouse

A Portlaoise man who decided to steal a car while heavily intoxicated has been recommended for community service in lieu of prison.

At last week’s district court, Andrew Murphy, 24, with an address at 10 Lakeglen, Portlaoise, was charged with the unauthorised taking of an MPV, at 81 Clonroosk Abbey, Portlaoise, on September 11 last year.

Sgt Jason Hughes gave evidence that on September 11, the accused took the car without permission.

The injured party and the accused were not known to each other, he said.

The accused made full admissions to gardaí and the car was recovered.

The accused had ten previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said the accused was a father of five whose marriage had fallen apart, so he took to drugs and alcohol, becoming acutely addicted to benzodiazepines.

Mr Fitzgerald said the accused was heavily intoxicated during the offence and made a reckless decision to take the car.

He said the accused was on social welfare and could not offer compensation.

Judge Staines asked was there any damage caused to the car in the incident, but the accused himself informed her that the car had been “left ticking over” when he stole it.

Judge Staines asked him was he off all drugs now, to which the accused replied he was off benzodiazepines but is still smoking cannabis.

The matter was adjourned to June 6 next, for a victim impact report, a probation report on the accused and a community service report.