A Thurles man who hid behind trees in dark clothes after throwing a keg at the window of a local filling station, had his case adjourned at Thurles District Court for the issue of compensation.
Sgt. Andrew Lyons told Judge Elizabeth MacGrath that Kevin Barry, of Curraheen, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, was charged with entering a building to commit an arrestable offence, at Corbetts public house, in Cathedral Street, Thurles, on December 25, 2017. Mr Barry pleaded guilty to all the charges before him, including theft at Corbetts public house.
At about 4.30pm that day Gardaí went to Corbetts. The front door was open and the lights were on. Bottles of spirits and Bulmers had been taken, valued at about €110. CCTV evidence later identified Kevin Barry.
Barry was also charged with entering Borza café and takeaway on Cathedral Street that same day as a trespasser to commit an arrestable offence. Gardaí arrested Barry on January 13 this year, and he gave a “full and truthful account,” said Sgt. Lyons. Barry gained access through a “faulty lock” on the door.
Separately, but on the same day, Gardaí were on mobile patrol in the area of Thurles Golf Club at about 10.45pm when Garda Joseph Walsh observed the defendant “hiding behind trees.” Mr Barry was wearing dark clothes and earlier “threw a keg at the Maxol Station” in Turtulla, Thurles.
The damage was caused to a double pane of glass of a PVC door, the property of Liam Carroll. The damage required €250 to repair. Mr Barry has 47 previous convictions.
“On Christmas Day,” noted Judge MacGrath. Solicitor Mr David Doyle said his client “had a lot to drink” and decided to go drinking in the public house in Cathedral Street. “It was inexcusable,” said Mr Doyle. “He has started taking steps to address his addiction issues.”
Judge MacGrath noted that €400 was owed in total concerning compensation, and required that that amount be lodge with the Court “as soon as possible”.
Judge MacGrath adjourned the case to April 17 next, on foot of compensation being paid and that a Victim Impact Statement be compiled.