AN underage boxer who represented Ireland faced sentencing today for stealing €5,000 in cash from the boot of a car parked outside the Bull McCabe’s pub in Cork.
Detective Garda Pat Coniry testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today that the money was stolen just before Christmas two years ago.
Michael McDonald, of 18 The Mall, Ongar Road, Clonee, Dublin, pleaded guilty to the theft.
Det Garda Coniry said the young man was a very accomplished sportsman and boxed underage for Ireland.
Shortly before lunchtime on December 20, 2017, the injured party in the case went to the AIB bank on Douglas Road, Cork, where he withdrew €5,000 in cash.
The man then drove to the Bull McCabe’s pub at Ballycurreen, near Cork Aiport. He parked his car and went into the pub. The €5,000 was left in the back of the car.
Michael McDonald stole the cash from the car when it was unattended.
The accused man had gathered €1,200 previously towards compensating the man. Defence barrister Joseph Mulrean said the accused had gathered a further €1,300 today.
Prosecution barrister, Donal McCarthy, said the defendant had no convictions prior to this offence.
Det Garda Coniry confirmed this but Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin wanted to know if the young man had any convictions since.
McDonald had two convictions for theft and possessing screwdrivers and articles in connection with the commission of an offence, for which he was fined.
Judge Ó Donnabháin expressed concerns. “The methodology of payback is not convincing me.”
Mr Mulrean BL said the €2,500 was a lot for the accused to raise and he was on a carer’s allowance for looking after his mother.
“It is not good enough,” the judge said. “If the court would give us more time,” Mr Mulrean said.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said: “I am not impressed with the laggardly way he is making payments. If he wants to stay out of jail he has to make full repayment.”
The judge adjourned sentencing until April 23 for that purpose with the accused on continuing bail.