A KERRY man confessed to stealing thousands of euro in cash from an elderly man in Cork city.
John Moriarty of 152 Ballyspillane, County Kerry, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to several charges arising out of the crime.
Some of the sums of money referred to on the charges were overlapping and the actual amount of money stolen was put at €9,800.
The charges related to thefts on August 7, 9, 12 and 13, 2019 at a house in Glasheen, Cork.
It had been alleged that John Moriarty stole sums of €4,500, €3,000, €5,000 and €3,000 on those dates.
Brendan Kelly defence barrister said the accused had gathered €1,000 compensation for the victim.
“I would ask you to put it back for him to come up with increased compensation,” Mr Kelly said.
The defendant was described as having significant addiction difficulties at the time.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he would adjourn sentencing with the accused on bail until February.
But he warned, “He must put his best foot forward. This cannot be stretched out indefinitely.”
Prosecution barrister, Ray Boland said the gardaí wanted to interview the defendant “to make sure it comes from a proper source.”
Sentencing was adjourned until February 22 2021.