Longford District Court
A man who appeared before Longford District Court last week charged under the Theft & Fraud Offences Act was sentenced to two months in prison which the judge suspended for a period of three years following a hearing into the matter.
Anghel Gavril (27), 32 Rossdarragh Glen, Portlaoise, Co Laois appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with stealing a black leather wallet valued at €20 from O’Brien’s Pharmacy on November 14, 2018.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant Paddy McGirl said that on the date in question the defendant and another man entered the pharmacy together.
“One of the men went to the counter to order medicine, while the defendant went looking at the products on the shelves,” said the Sergeant.
“Mr Gavril proceeded then to remove a leather wallet from one of the shelves.
“He then left the store without paying for the item.”
The court then heard the defendant had nine previous convictions, six of which were for theft.
Meanwhile, in mitigation Mr Gavril’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client was the father of three children.
He also pointed to the fact that the theft was at the lower end of the criminal scale.
“What was taken here is a wallet valued at €20 and while I’m not minimising the matter, it is at the lower end of the scale,” said Mr Gearty.
“It could have been a lot more serious.”
The court went on to hear that the defendant thought at the time that his brother was going to pay for the wallet and that there had never been any intent to steal it.
“At least he had the good sense to enter a plea of guilty,” said Mr Gearty.
Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes convicted the defendant and imposed a suspended sentence in respect of the matter before him.