Man ran up €6k bill in hotels and fled

A man ran up bills of more than €6,000 staying at fancy hotels including a five-star facility in Cork — and left without paying.

Man ran up €6k bill in hotels  and fled

Mark Howell, 36, faced charges of using false credit card details and leaving without paying for several nights of accommodation and services at Vienna Woods, Hayfield Manor, Oriel House, Ballincollig, and the Blarney Stone guesthouse on Western Rd.

The offences were committed between December 27, 2013, and January 28.

Howell — with an address at 373 Blarney St, Cork, and now living in Mallow — was arraigned on four charges at Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing on May 12.

He pleaded guilty to all of them.

Dermot Sheehan, defending, said Howell has been sober for 13 years but recently developed an addiction to prescription medication.

“He is anxious to gather compensation for the victims,” Mr Sheehan said.

Howell was previously granted bail in the case at the High Court.

Mr Sheehan said the defendant was still in custody but was in a position to take up the terms of bail.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin remanded the accused in custody with consent to High Court bail until November 4 at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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