A PORTLAOISE man stole clothing worth €900 and caused damage to property to the same amount, after breaking into two Portlaoise businesses on the same night.
Justin Greene, of 35 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, faced two counts of burglary at last week’s District Court. Garda Inspector Michael Walsh gave evidence that Greene and two others broke into The Laundry Shop and Clearout, both located on the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, between June 2 and June 3 last year, and stole clothing from the two premises. The trio were detected by gardaí walking with the goods in the early hours of the morning and all property was subsequently recovered.
Greene has 18 previous convictions.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted her client has a wealth of previous convictions but she said these latest offences were the first burglaries he had committed. She said Greene is due back before the court on three separate occasions in the coming months.
Judge William Early remanded Greene on continual bail to December 6 and ordered €900 compensation to be paid. If all money is paid by that date, the judge said he would impose a four-month sentence, suspended for 12 months on condition Greene enter into a peace bond for that time and a probation bond for six months.