Thursday 27 October 2016

Groom-to-be caught with stolen golf clubs told to pay compensation before wedding

The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.
The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

A MAN caught with stolen golf clubs after breaking into a car has told a court he is due to get married next month and wants to stick to his wedding plans.

Mark O'Grady (26) was under the influence of a "number of intoxicants" when he carried out the break-in.

Judge Michael Coughlan adjourned the case for a probation report, but warned: "If it's paying for the wedding or paying compensation, compensation comes first, does he understand that?"

O'Grady, of St Dominic's Place, Old Bawn, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to trespass, damaging a car window and handling a stolen set of golf clubs.

The offences happened at Oakleigh Road, Rathmines on December 10.

The court heard gardai saw him go onto the grounds of the house, breaking a window and taking the golf clubs.

He was arrested and brought to Rathmines Garda Station.

The court heard the defendant intended marrying his fiancee next month.

On the night of the offence, he had taken "a number of intoxicants", which he did not normally do.

"He is anxious to keep his plans to get married in July," his lawyer said.

Judge Coughlan asked if there was any compensation for the damage.

The defendant's lawyer said he was willing to pay compensation if given time.

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