Beer keg thief sought curfew lifted for romance

A man who was caught stealing freshly delivered beer kegs from outside two public houses and loading them into a van wanted his curfew lifted for the weekend to pursue plans of a romantic nature.

Keith O’Connor of 134, St Coleman’s Road, Farranree, Cork, pleaded guilty to stealing kegs from outside a pub on Coburg Street on February 13, 2014, and from outside the Riverside pub in Glanmire on January 29, 2014.

Peter O’Flynn defence barrister said yesterday that O’Connor had abided by an extreme curfew and understood that he would get a suspended sentence yesterday.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said that he had changed his mind on the issue and that he wanted to keep the accused man on a curfew for a while longer under the circumstances.

Mr O’Flynn said that the defendant had expected the suspended sentence yesterday and had “made arrangements for Valentine’s weekend” on the strength of it.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said that there would be no curfew on O’Connor from yesterday afternoon until Monday morning.

And from Monday the 7pm to 11am curfew was extended to 11pm to 10am to last until June.

The curfew was designed to prevent him from being out and about after the morning delivery of beer kegs.

Detective Garda Darragh Murray said that such deliveries were being targeted at the time.

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