Peter Svácha of Knockanine West, Killarney, a forestry worker, had been brought from Czech Republic to thin trees. He arrived in Ireland on Sept 10.
Det Garda Kelly told Tralee District court that on Sept 11, the owner of Coven Tree Cottage in Killarney, Garret McKenna, returned to find Svácha standing in his house. He had entered via a rear unsecured window, and he had placed a number of items in a bag “ready to transport from the premises”.
Svácha “made his escape through the front door”.
However, on Sept 15, Svácha returned through the broken rear window. He removed the bags he had filled including a telescope valued at between €400 and €500, three suits and clothing valued at €150, and hand tools valued at €50.
On Sept 18 Mr McKenna saw Svácha passing his cottage with a laptop bag in his hand and recognised the bag as his own. Mr McKenna followed him and Svácha “tossed the bag over he ditch”, said Det Kelly. All the items were recovered.
Svácha admitted three offences including trespass with intent to commit a theft, stealing a brass telescope and assorted clothes and hand tools, and handling a stolen laptop bag.
Svácha’s solicitor, Jeremiah O’Connor, said his client had an injured hand, was unable to work, and “found himself in a foreign country with no money and no family”. He was fully co-operative and he had apologised, the solicitor said.
Judge James O’Connor indicated he would impose a seven-month sentence but agreed to suspend it when Svácha undertook to leave the country and not return for a decade.
Svácha, who was assisted throughout by an interpreter, gave an undertaking to leave the country by 6pm on Sunday.