'Out of his head' Cork motorist filled car with petrol and stole two bunches of flowers

'Out of his head' Cork motorist filled car with petrol and stole two bunches of flowers

A MOTORIST who was “out of his head” last Christmas filled his car with €70 worth of petrol and also helped himself to two bunches of flowers before driving off without paying for anything.

Garda Seán O’Dwyer said the crime was committed two days before Christmas at Blarney filling station.

35-year-old John Casey with an address at 112 Larchfield, Commons Road, Cork, pleaded guilty to the theft today.

Judge Olann Kelleher jailed him for eight months. 

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the accused man had 130 previous convictions.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the accused got a sentence earlier this year for a serious driving escapade in the Mallow area and would not finish this sentence until July 2021.

The accused was identified on CCTV on December 23, 2019, at Blarney filling station. 

When he was questioned recently he told gardaí that it was him in the video recording but he said he was out of his head at the time and did not remember doing it.

Earlier this year at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, he was sentenced to three years in prison with the last one year suspended when he pleaded guilty to charges including endangerment and dangerous driving at Ashgrove in Mallow on January 29.

Garda Denis Howard of Mallow Garda Station testified that Casey sped off from a checkpoint towards Buttevant before turning off down a back road for Kanturk pursued by a number of garda units with blue lights flashing and sirens blaring. 

He completely ignored the gardaí during the escapade.

He drove on at high speed along country backroads engaging in dangerous driving and endangering other users on a number of occasions in the course of the 15-minute pursuit.

Garda Howard said, he overtook cars on his incorrect side of the road approaching blind bends where he had no sight of oncoming traffic while he also drove through two junctions where he should have stopped to check on oncoming traffic.

The pursuit finally came to an end at Springville, just outside Kanturk, when Casey hit a stone wall.

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