A MAN who claimed another man had given him his social welfare card to collect his unemployment assistant at the General Post Office was told by Judge Kevin Kilrane at Sligo District Court that he "didn't believe a word" of what he said and that he had "gone in to steal the money."
Jamie Kilgallon, St. Edward's Terrace, had pleaded guilty to the offence on May 31st, 2010 and was remanded on bail to see if he is suitable to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of three month's imprisonment.
Kilgallon had presented a card belonging to Jamie Farrell at the Post Office, where a lady behind the counter knew that Farrell had been in earlier to collect his dole.
Kilgallon had ran out the door and had not received any money as a result of presenting the card.
Detective Joe Scanlon told the court that he had went to Jamie Farrell who told the investigating Garda that he had not given his permission for Kilgallon to use his card. In evidence, the defendant said that Jamie Farrell had given him his card . He could not understand then why he would say he had not given his consent and had expected that he would be in court as he had spoken to him five days before the hearing. "I was asked to do a favour and get the money for him (Farrell). I was going to give him every penny," Kilgallon added.
Defending solicitor, Mr. Gerry McGovern, said Kilgallon's record was not good after it was stated that he had a total of twenty-one previous convictions..