Probation act for man who stole laptop and camera

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

One defendant, two addresses, two charges and two solicitors were involved in the case of Colm Keegan at the District Court in Gorey. The 50 year old had addresses on charge sheets at My Place Hostel in Dublin 8 and 19 St. Patrick's Avenue in Wicklow town.

He stood accused of theft from a house at Gort na Gréine in Enniscorthy on August 8 last year and of failure to appear at the court sitting of December 18. Both offences were admitted.

Judge Gerard Haughton heard how Keegan had been living at Gort na Gréine but left without warning, taking with him a lap-top computer and digital camera owned by the householder.

Defending him on the theft charge, solicitor Caitriona Walsh stated that her client had been homeless for a while. However, he now had a small flat in Wicklow.

He had difficulties with alcohol, she continued, but did not have the money to take up residential rehab. However, he was attending AA meetings.

Ms. Walsh's legal colleague David Tarrant, assigned under free legal aid to deal with the failure to appear case, added that Keegan had worked in the past as a graphic designer but his skills had been overtaken in recent times by new technology.

Judge Haughton allowed the benefit of the Probation Act in Mr Tarrant's case.

Turning to Ms. Walsh's case, he ordered a probation report on Colm Keegan, to be ready for the court sitting of October 8.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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