Defendant told to pay €2,000 to publican

A MAN with almost 200 previous convictions who is currently serving a three year prison term has been ordered to compensate the owner of a West Kerry pub where he stole over €1,000 in cash.

Dubliner Simon Christopher McDonagh, who also stole €200 worth of cigarettes from Patsín's Bar in Annascaul in September 2012, agreed to pay the owner €2,000 as promptly as possible after he is released form Wheatfield Prison in October.

Mr McDonagh, with an address in Huntstown, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to entering the bar as a trespasser and stealing the money and cigarettes when he appeared at Dingle District Court on Friday. The court heard he forced the front door open while the pub was empty and was subsequently identified from CCTV stills. He was interviewed and made 'certain admissions' Inspector Donal Ashe said.

The court heard that Mr McDonagh has a total of 196 previous convictions for offences, including burglary, trespassing and handling stolen goods. He is due for release from jail on October 30 when the three year sentence he is serving is up.

Representing Mr McDonagh, Caoilte O'Connor said his client comes from a family of 17 and is of limited education, adding that he has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse. He said he has entered a rehabilitation programme in prison, adding that he had been anxious to meet the case.

Judge James O'Connor said that Mr McDonagh would have to pay back what he owed and compensate the injured party and put that figure at €2,000. He adjourned the case until November, when a date will be set for the compensation to be paid.


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