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Accused took items to try to get money he was owed

Published 20/05/2004|00:11

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A man who was owed money by his employer had stolen items from the employer in order to try get his money back, Wednesday's sitting of Carlow District Court was informed.Luke Kehoe (28), Sleaty Road, Graiguecullen, Carlow was charged that between September 14 and 15, 2001 at Lower Rossmore, Carlow he stole one set of Griers horse harness to the value of ?634.87, property of Jam

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Man stole goods from his employer

A man who was owed money by his employer had stolen items from the employer in order to try get his money back, Wednesday's sitting of Carlow District Court was informed.

Luke Kehoe (28), Sleaty Road, Graiguecullen, Carlow was charged that between September 14 and 15, 2001 at Lower Rossmore, Carlow he stole one set of Griers horse harness to the value of ?634.87, property of James Brennan.

He was further charged that between September 15 and 18, 2001 at Misty Hill Cottage, Lower Rossmore, Carlow he did steal one Honda power washer valued ?2,793.42, property of James Brennan.

A co-defendant Brian Merne (23), 35 Askea Lawns, Tullow Road, Carlow was charged that on September 14/15, 2001 at Lower Rossmore, Carlow, he handled stolen property - one set of Griers horse harness to the value of ?634.87, knowing or believing it to be stolen property.

Detective Garda James Brophy (Carlow) said in evidence that on September 18, 2001 James Brennan had a store at Lower Rossmore where he had a Honda power washer and horse harness.

These items were stolen from the store.

As a result of enquiries he arrested Luke Kehoe and interviewed him at Carlow Garda Station. Mr. Kehoe admitted taking the Honda power washer.

He said he took the power washer to a set of Travellers in Bunclody and sold it for ?2,250.

He sold the horse harness to another set of Travellers in Bunclody.

Mr. Mearne was with Mr. Kehoe on the occasion when he took the harness. He did receive ?50 but played a minor part.

Mr. Kehoe had said he worked for Mr. Brennan and that Mr. Brennan owed him a good bit of money and took the items to try get his money back.

Detective Garda Brophy said he did not think there was any criminal intent on the part of Brian Merne.

He just happened to be in the car with him (Luke Kehoe).

Judge Peter Smithwick applied the Probation Act in the case against Brian Merne.

In relation to Mr. Kehoe he said that the fact he was owed money by his employer did not given him licence to take property and sell it. The court heard that Luke Kehoe is single and unemployed.

The judge said that in view of the fact that the injured party has received the property back and because he owed money to the accused, he proposed to impose a ?100 fine.

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