Wednesday 21 February 2018

Mayhem in court cells as naked thief kicks up over chicken nuggets

The naked thief wore a pair of boxer shorts in court
The naked thief wore a pair of boxer shorts in court

Gordon Deegan

A naked thief "created mayhem" in holding cells at a courthouse after prison officers brought him chicken nuggets instead of a snack box for lunch.

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Eddie O'Sullivan (25) first appeared naked in court apart from a pair of blue and white striped boxer shorts and grey socks.

Representing himself, O'Sullivan's appearance was delayed after a prison officer told Judge Carroll Moran that the accused had taken off all his clothes and was now almost naked in the holding cell below court. The judge said that O'Sullivan could be brought up to court.

"We are all grown-ups here and photography is forbidden in the courtroom," he said.

When O'Sullivan did appear, he apologised to Judge Moran for his state of undress.

He said: "I know that I'm not dressed appropriately for court. I'm sorry, Judge."

O'Sullivan demanded that the handcuffs on him be removed and, standing in his boxers and socks at the side of the court, he replied 'guilty, miss' when arraigned on one count of theft that took place in Ennis last August.

Judge Moran adjourned O'Sullivan's case to later in the day and told him "put some clothes on".

However, before court resumed after lunch, loud banging taking place over a number of minutes could be heard from the holding cells below the courtroom.

Returning to court, Judge Moran told state counsel Stephen Coughlan that it was important that Mr O'Sullivan's case be dealt with straight away. The judge said: "Mr O'Sullivan is creating mayhem downstairs."

He was brought back before the court and on this occasion, he was fully clothed, wearing a blue and white Adidas hoodie, blue denim jeans and trainers.

Judge Moran asked O'Sullivan: "Why were you making so much noise downstairs?"

O'Sullivan replied: "I asked for a snack box for my lunch and the prison officers brought me back wedges and three chicken nuggets. I'm sorry judge, I have apologised to all of the prison officers for my behaviour."

The warders agreed that O'Sullivan apologised.

In the case, O'Sullivan, with addresses at Parkview Apartments, Limerick, and John Street, Limerick, pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet containing €36 from a disabled man at Newbridge Road, Ennis.

O'Sullivan said that he didn't threaten the man and only took the wallet from his pocket without the man knowing.

Garda Cyril Paige said that O'Sullivan was a habitual criminal with 122 previous convictions. The defendant then intervened to say that none were for violence.

O'Sullivan, currently serving a sentence and not due for release until next year, told the judge he had suffered a number of bereavements in his family and pleaded with him not to give additional prison time.

Judge Moran said that he would adjourn the case to September to Ennis Circuit Court to allow a probation and psychiatric report to be carried out on the man.

Irish Independent

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