Judge Kilrane tells defendant “It's not nice to steal from your neighbours”

Judge Kilrane tells defendant “It's not nice to steal from your neighbours”

“Those people in Heatons are your neighbours. It’s not nice to steal from your neighbours,” said Judge Kevin P Kilrane prior to giving Michael Stokes, 9 Rosebank, Carrick-on-Shannon the benefit of the Probation Act at last week’s sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court.

Mr Stokes was put on his election and opted for matters to be heard in the District Court and entered a plea of guilty. The court heard from Superintendent Kevin English that Gardai received a call to go to Heatons, Carrick-on-Shannon on February 9, 2017 after security stopped the defendant who had attempted to make off with two watches worth €15 each.

The court heard the watches were returned in sellable condition and that the defendant was co-operative.

Defending solicitor Niamh McGovern said, “He went into Heatons and took the watches for drink. The watches were in a sellable condition when returned.”

Judge Kilrane ruled as outlined.

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