A 20-year-old man deceived an injured party by taking money for a guitar he had advertised on Done Deal, but never delivered the item.
At last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Patrick Quaide, 20, with an address at the Bram Stoker Hotel, Clontarf Road, Clontarf East, Dublín 3, was charged with a deception offence, at the Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Portlaoise, on March 20, 2017.
Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that in March 2017, the accused posted an advert on Done Deal for a guitar and accessories.
The injured party contacted him and agreed to lodge €125 in his bank account, but the items were never posted out.
Sgt Kirby said the delay in bringing the prosecution to court was because the gardaí had been unable to locate the accused for a while.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said the accused had been homeless at the time and had issues with drink and drugs.
“It was a mean thing to do,” said Mr Breen of the offence.
Defence said that the accused had been in care from an early age and went through 17 different foster homes.
He had no one to guide him, said Mr Breen, and fell into bad company and bad ways.
Mr Breen went on to say that the accused had decided a year and a half ago to rectify things and is now clean of drugs.
Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case to June 13 next for a restorative justice report.