Hub caps stolen at showroom
A panel beater who stole hub caps from a Dundalk car showroom could offer no explanation for his behaviour, the district court heard last week.
Ian Morrish, (43), Lan Mar, Lower Point Road, Dundalk, admitted a charge of theft arising out of the incident at Gerry Cumiskey's on February 9. Judge John Coughlan heard how Morrish entered the car park of the showroom and stole the hub caps worth €230.
He presented himself to Gardai a week later at Drogheda station and told them he was responsible for it.
Judge Coughlan commented that the offence was a 'mean' one and was told the defendant has no previous convictions.
Solicitor Eleanor Kelly said her client is a panel beater who had 'no reason to offer to the court for his behaviour' and the theft was 'a moment of madness'.
Ms Kelly said Morrish is 'trying to get to the root of this' and has taken up counselling. The hub caps had been returned and there was €200 in court to make a donation to charity.
Judge Coughlan said: 'If he had previous form, he would be going into custody' and added that he himself had returned to his own car on one occasion after a 'great day out' to 'find the wheels off the car' so he 'knows how people feel'.
Judge Coughlan said he would apply the Probation Act if the accused paid €200 to charity and when that was done, he applied the Probation Act and left Morrish without a conviction.