A Portlaoise man who stole from a shop and then failed to pay compensation or keep his appointments with the probation service has been given a six-month prison sentence.
Before last week’s sitting of the district court was Andrew Murphy, 24, of Mountain View, Portlaoise, charged with theft, from Costcutters, Mountrath, on April 21 last year.
Judge Catherine Staines noted thathe did not keep any of his appointments with probation.
Defence, Mr Donncha Craddock said his client had suffered a shoulder injury before Christmas and his partner had also given birth.
“He didn’t attend due to his family dynamic,” said defence, adding that the accused had no compensation in court.
Said Judge Staines: “He suffered an injury to such an extent he couldn’t pick up the phone?”
Mr Craddock repeated that it was the accused’s “family dynamic” that had caused the non attendance.
Judge Staines asked had the accused come to garda attention in the last year, to which Sgt Kirby replied: “Yes, he’s on the garda radar.”
Judge Staines said that despite his numerous previous convictions and the fact he had taken cash from the shop in the middle of the night she had given the accused a chance to engage with probation.
She said he had not kept his appointments and had no compensation.
Judge Staines imposed six months in prison, with recognisance fixed in the event of an appeal.