Kevin O’Sullivan, of 11 New St, Tallow, Co Waterford, appeared at Cork District Court yesterday for the first time on the charges.
The first count stated he stole €130 from a male patient at the St John Ward of Marymount on November 10, 2015. The second count accused him of stealing €115 from a female patient at an unspecified section of the hospice at Curraheen Rd, Cork, on December 9.
Judge Leo Malone first indicated he would accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at Cork District Court. O’Sullivan was then asked if he wanted the matter dealt with at the district court or by judge and jury. The accused indicated he wanted the case heard at Cork District Court.
Emma Leahy, solicitor, said the accused does not work. The judge granted free legal aid.
Ms Leahy indicated he was pleading guilty to both charges. She asked if the case could be adjourned for the facts of the case to be given and to allow O’Sullivan time to gather compensation.
Insp Finbarr O’Sullivan did not object.
Judge Malone put the case back to February 18, with the accused on bail until then. On that date, it will be a matter for the prosecution to outline how the thefts were carried out and how they were detected.