Bail denied to man accused of stealing €400 electric toothbrush from Boots in Cork city

Bail denied to man accused of stealing €400 electric toothbrush from Boots in Cork city
Boots, Half Moon Street, Cork.

Gardaí objected to bail being granted to a man charged with stealing a €400 electric toothbrush from a Boots outlet in Cork city and another €400 of property from a Boots pharmacy at Mahon Point.

Garda Linda O’Keeffe objected to bail being granted to 24-year-old Martin McDonagh of 1 Inchera Close, Mahon, Cork.

Garda O’Keeffe said it was alleged that on October 8, 2019, McDonagh stole the electric toothbrush from Boots on Half Moon Street.

It was further alleged that he stole a circulation device from Boots in Mahon Point on January 19.

In both cases the value of the item was €400.

The case was before court on Friday.

Garda O’Keeffe said the accused was identified on CCTV of each incident and that when questioned about the matters he replied, “No comment” to every question.

Cross-examining the guard, Donal Daly, solicitor, said, “You said he refused to co-operate. What he did was exercise his right to not reply. Also he has a view he is not shown in the CCTV - you have a different view.” 

Garda O’Keeffe replied, “Very much so.” 

The prosecution allegation was that the accused was stealing high value items to pay for an alcohol problem and would continue to do so if granted bail.

“His alcohol problem has improved,” Mr Daly said.

Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and remanded the accused in custody until February 5.

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