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'Promising' young boxer fined €100 over theft of ice-creams

Eimear Cotter

Published 12/11/2015 | 06:52

John Stokes was told that he is putting his future at risk
John Stokes was told that he is putting his future at risk

A promising young boxer who "foolishly" stole two ice-creams and an energy drink from a petrol station and then ate them on the forecourt is putting his whole future at risk, a court heard.

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John Stokes (19) has successfully boxed for Ireland at under-age level, has been part of the high-performance team and has sparred with World Championship gold medal winner Michael Conlon.

Judge David McHugh fined Stokes €100, saying the sooner he grew up the better.

The defendant, of The Paddocks in Navan, Co Meath, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing two ice-cream bars and an energy drink, worth €7.25.

The theft took place at Applegreen in Celbridge, Co Kildare on June 21, 2015.

Garda Michael Egan said Stokes entered the petrol station, stole two ice-creams and an energy drink and consumed the items on the forecourt.

The court heard that Stokes has two previous convictions for theft-related matters.

talented Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Stokes is a talented boxer and has been involved in the high-performance team.

He said the monetary value of the items was minor, but he had impressed upon Stokes the foolishness of his actions.

The lawyer also said that Stokes, who is unemployed, could have a good future, but his propensity for stealing is putting his future career at risk.

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