A 41 year old man who admitted taking a bottle of wine from an Enniscorthy supermarket had a record of drink related offending, Judge Murrough Connellan learned last week.
Wednesday's sitting of the District Court in Gorey dealt with Robert Tusinski, of Ryland Road in Bunclody with the assistance of a Polish interpreter. The judge was told that the accused was four years resident in Ireland but does not speak English.
It was revealed that he worked part time on roads for a man called Denis Sweeney, who does not speak Polish. This lack of a common language was not a problem, the court was assured.
The judge was concerned that the case had put the State to the expense of having the translator present for the proceedings and that it had required three bench warrants as the defendant repeatedly failed to come to court.
It was noted that the accused earned about €150 per week before solicitor John O'leary was assigned to the matter under the free legal aid scheme. Rather than adjourn to another date, the judge decided to dispose of the matter once a guilty plea was entered to the charge of stealing a bottle of wine worth €4.69 from the Aldi supermarket in Enniscorthy on September 29 last year.
The judge noted three previous convictions for theft, two in 2009 and one in 2010 before imposing a fresh conviction for larceny of the wine, with a three month suspended sentence.