One of the stars of RTE hit show Bressie's Teenage Kicks has been told he faces jail if he does not pay compensation arising from two thefts from cars last year.
At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan issued the warning to Limerick rapper Calvin McNamara, of Delmege Park, Moyross, after he pleaded guilty to stealing a sat nav and other items from two cars in Ennis last year.
The 18-year-old first shot to prominence earlier this year when former chief executive of Limerick City of Culture Patricia Ryan objected to lyrics McNamara and Nathan Keane penned as members of the Moyross Youth Crew rap crew in a song celebrating Limerick and referring to "the city's looking rough".
At the district court, solicitor Tara Godfrey described McNamara as "a remarkable young man" - earlier this year, he and four other hopefuls beat off the claims of 90 other auditionees to be part of a new rap/r'n'b group, Urban Dreamers, under Bressie's mentorship.
The last show of Bressie's Teenage Kicks aired on Tuesday on RTE, with Urban Dreamers' first release currently climbing up the charts.
However, McNamara will also be busy trying to raise the funds over the next three months to compensate the two Ennis residents.
In court, Judge Durcan gave him a March 18 deadline to have the money available.
Outlining the facts in the case, Insp Tom Kennedy said the two cars were broken into on October 27, 2013, on Ennis's Limerick Road, with cash and cigarettes worth €125 taken from a car owned by resident Albert O'Brien and a sat nav worth €150 and a CD player worth €100 from a car owned by Vincent Sheedy.
Insp Kennedy said the car damage amounted to €125. He added that the property was not recovered.
"Mr McNamara's explanation was that he hid the property close by but when gardai went to search for it there was no sign of it," the officer said.
Insp Kennedy said McNamara has no previous convictions.
"His mother has gone to live in England and his father is in prison. He is being looked after by an aunt," his defence said.
She said McNamara has completed a rehab course at the Aislinn Adolescent Treatment centre in Kilkenny.
"Whatever rehab my client obtained in Aislinn, I would wish that the work would continue and I would ask that a probation report be carried out while he will also have the pressure of paying the compensation," she said.
Judge Durcan said that he would adjourn the case to March 18 for the compensation to be paid.