Portlaoise District Court
A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to obtaining by deception close to €10,000 in goods and cash from businesses and private residents in Tullamore and Portlaoise. He was charged with 13 counts of making gain by deception.
On July 7, 2017, he paid a cheque for goods worth €490 at D&S Hardware, Tullamore.
On September 8, 2016, he cashed a cheque for €400 from an account that had previously closed, at Costcutter, Mountrath. On September 13, 2016, he cashed a cheque for €400 from a closed bank account, at Phelans Shop, Castletown. On November 21, 2016, he paid a cheque for goods worth €93, at JL Bradshaw & Co Ltd, Stradbally Road, Portlaoise.
On December 1, 2016, he cashed a cheque for €350 at Peigs Bar, Portlaoise. On January 27, 2017, he cashed a cheque for €250 at Browns Shop, Dublin Road, Portlaoise. On May 17, 2017, he paid a cheque for goods worth €220 at Condell and Ryan Ltd, Portlaoise. On May 29, 2017, he paid a cheque for goods worth around €400 at a shop on the Timahoe Road, Portlaoise.
On May 31, 2017, he paid a cheque for goods worth €350, at Millers Hardware Store, Portlaoise.
On the same date he paid a cheque for goods worth €819 at DID Electrical, Tullamore. On June 2, 2017, he stole goods worth €3,336 from a store on the Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, by saying he would return the following day to pay.
On a date between August 11 and August 14, 2017, he took around €1,000 from a party in Laois for goods of services that he did not deliver. And between August 26 and August 27, 2017, he took €1,150 from a party at Highfield Meadows, Portlaoise, for goods or services he did not deliver. The accused pleaded guilty to all charges.
Defence barrister, Ms Geraldine Fitzpatrick said her client would pay compensation. She requested a probation report. The matter was adjourned to March 19 next.