Man admits stealing lifejacket from flight

A judge has told a company director who stole a lifejac-ket from an Aer Lingus flight that jailing him was “foremost in my mind”.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Judge Patrick Durcan told Rohit Sharma that by his criminality he potentially placed someone else in great danger.

Insp Tom Kennedy described Mr Sharma’s theft of the lifejacket from the Aer Lingus London-Shannon flight on Tuesday “as a most unusual crime”.

“The security staff at Shannon and the Aer Lingus people are taking a very, very serious view of this about what happened and why this happened. I know that Aer Lingus will not fly Mr Sharma again.”

In the case, Mr Sharma, aged 37, from Surrey, England, pleaded guilty to stealing the lifejacket worth €50 from under his seat on the flight.

Insp Kennedy said Mr Sharma stayed overnight at the Bunratty Castle hotel and the lifejacket was found by security personnel in Mr Sharma’s luggage when he was going through security at Shannon to return to London yesterday.

Solicitor for Mr Sharma, Catriona Carmody, said Mr Sharma was “mortified”.

Ms Carmody said that Mr Sharma’s 8-year-old daughter goes kayaking and he took the jacket for her.

She said he was going to return the lifejacket to Aer Lingus yesterday.

Judge Durcan said that he wanted to hear the view of Aer Lingus on the issue and adjourned the case to today to Gort District Court.

He remanded Mr Sharma on bail to appear before court today on condition he surrender his passport.

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