AN English Market butcher staked his claim to being local peacekeeper when he caught a man in a bear-hug as he tried to snatch a handbag hanging from a baby’s buggy.
Butcher John Boyling of Best Meats nabbed Philip Murphy, 49, after first noticing that the accused was walking up and down and watching the property before eventually trying to steal it.
Murphy of 53 Orchard Court denied the theft and said he was only in the English Market that day looking for a piece of meat to buy for his mother.
Judge Con O’Leary did not believe him. The judge convicted Murphy and sentenced him to nine months in prison. Murphy had numerous previous convictions for theft.
Stall-holder, John Boyling, testified at Cork District Court yesterday, “What I saw was the defendant acting very suspiciously towards the property of another stall holder. The defendant seemed to be monitoring my fellow worker and her belongings. Every time he passed he checked where her property was.
"His actions made me aware he was going to do something. He stood across from the baby’s buggy where there was a bag.