Convicted perfume thief on legal aid 'hires' SC
SENTENCING of a man convicted of stealing a €70 bottle of perfume has been adjourned because he wants a senior counsel (SC) to represent him.
Noel O Murchu (58) was convicted of stealing a bottle of 'Coco' by Chanel, following a four-day trial at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court last November but sentencing was adjourned until yesterday.
The State will bear the costs of the trial that was originally expected to take two days but went on for twice as long and involved six gardai and a cartographer from garda headquarters in Dublin.
Mr O Murchu of Pier Village, Fels Point, Tralee, Co Kerry, was granted free legal aid and pleaded not guilty to the offence at Debenhams in Manor West, Tralee, on August 10, 2011.
He was convicted by an 11-1 majority.
Yesterday at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court where he was due to be sentenced, barrister Brian McInerney who had defended Mr O Murchu at the trial, informed Judge Carroll Moran that Mr O Murchu had indicated to his solicitor that he had retained the services of Patrick O'Reilly (SC) to represent him.
Judge Moran said there might be an issue with paying a senior counsel when someone was on legal aid but that was not a matter for him to decide. He further adjourned sentencing until next Friday.