Ex-footballer jailed for stealing his former lover's medical wig off her head during a dispute
A man has been jailed for three months after stealing a €400 medical wig off the head of his ex-lover.
At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan jailed Paul Carr (41) of Cluain Airne, Shannon for removing the wig from the head of his 38-year-old ex-girlfriend and making off with it during a dispute.
Solicitor for Mr Carr, Tara Godfrey admitted in court that "it was a particularly nasty offence in a particular context".
Godfrey said Mr Carr, a one-time professional footballer in Ireland and England, apologises unreservedly and continues to hold his ex-girlfriend in the highest of regard.
Mr Carr and his ex-partner had split up in 2012 and Ms Godfrey said her client had difficulty in coming to terms with the break-up.
The woman had purchased the wig in October of last year as she recovered from a serious illness.
Mr Carr - who wasn't in court yesterday - pleaded guilty to the theft of the wig from his ex-girlfriend's home on Sunday, January 17 of this year.
In evidence yesterday, Insp Tom Kennedy said a dispute arose between Mr Carr and his ex-girlfriend outside her home in Shannon, during which Mr Carr removed the wig from her head.
Insp Kennedy said: "The woman was ill and receiving treatment. She had that wig... in order to boost her confidence."
Judge Durcan described the incident as "appalling".