Selection box thief ‘has no respect for the system’

A man who was caught leaving a shop in Killarney, Co Kerry, with five Cadbury’s selection boxes has been jailed.

The judge said he might be some way lenient if the theft was for hunger but this was for chocolate.

Judge James O’Connor also said he was taking into account the number of previous convictions notched up by the man who had no respect for the system.

Jason Coffey, aged 26, of the Halting Site, Fossa, admitted stealing five Cadbury’s Selection Boxes from Dealz, High St, Killarney, Co Kerry, on November 8, and elected for the matter to be dealt with at Killarney District Court, rather than before a jury at the circuit court.

Mr Coffey’s solicitor Padraig O’Connell said the chocolate was recovered. His client was unemployed and in receipt of €156 a week.

“There is no loss. He was co-operative,” the solicitor said.

However, Judge James O’Connor said: “If a guy has 54 previous convictions and he has the gall to steal five bars of chocolate. I can understand if he was hungry… stealing five bars of chocolate … He has no respect for the system.”

The judge said “this is a jail scenario, rejecting a plea from Mr O’Connell to put the case into the January list, which would get his client over Christmas.

“No. I will not put it into January. Somebody has to stand up to this kind of stuff,” the judge said, giving Coffey a choice between “six or seven months” if he deferred, or three weeks if he went into custody immediately.

Coffey went for the shorter option and was remanded in custody to brought again before the court next week, where he will be further remanded it is expected.


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