A MAN who admitted stealing Pixie the parrot from his perch outside a shop, so he could sell him as a Christmas present, has apologised to the bird's owner.
The case against Conor Grall (20) of Portland Row, Dublin 1, was adjourned last month because Judge Patrick McMahon wanted to hear what the owner, Paul Barr, had to say.
Grall admitted stealing the parrot from outside Mr Barr's shop on Main Street in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, on December 13.
At Dunshaughlin district court yesterday, Mr Barr told the judge that Pixie was fine but had been "a little upset on the day" he was taken.
When the judge asked Grall, who is unemployed, what he had to say to Mr Barr, he replied: "I apologise, what can I say."
The judge suggested Grall give €200 to the Cycling for Suicide charity and gave him time to raise the money. Otherwise, the alternative would be a conviction and €500 fine. He adjourned the case to next month.