Saturday 24 August 2019

International boxer stole deli food after shop staff abused in row

Michael Corcoran was with a group of men who abused staff
Michael Corcoran was with a group of men who abused staff
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

An international amateur boxer was arrested for stealing deli food from a convenience store after a dispute with staff.

Michael Corcoran (19) was among a group of men who verbally abused the manager before leaving without paying for the food.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case and said he would leave him without a criminal record if he made a €300 charity donation.


Corcoran, with an address at St Mary's Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to stealing €25 worth of deli food in the incident.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was in Spar on D'Olier Street on July 5 at 2.20pm. He was among a group of men who ordered food, then became abusive to staff in the shop, Sgt Zita Woods told the court.

After getting the food, they went to the cashier's desk to pay for it and verbally abused the manager.

Corcoran left the shop and was later arrested at Central Bank Plaza. Gardai identified him on CCTV footage.

The theft charge was the only one brought against Corcoran and he had no previous convictions of any kind. Corcoran had come under the influence of other men who were with him at the time, his lawyer told the court. He had also taken some alcohol on the day.

The accused was an international boxer for Ireland and did not drink very often, his lawyer explained, adding it had a "disproportionate effect on him".

Corcoran had a good future in boxing and was concerned about the effect a conviction might have on his career and prospects.

Judge Walsh said the accused's behaviour had been "somewhat inconsistent with the discipline he would learn" as a boxer.

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