Addict with ‘a heart of gold’ stole charity box

A young man with a heart of gold who got addicted to drink, drugs and gambling stole a charity collection box from a fast food outlet to fund his addictions.

Addict with ‘a heart of gold’ stole charity box

He was yesterday jailed for six months.

Stephen Moussa, aged 23, of 228 Comeragh Park, The Glen, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork District Court to three separate counts of theft.

Four days before Christmas, Moussa went to McDonald’s on Daunt Square in Cork and stole a charity collection box containing an estimated €40. He carried out two further thefts on February 20 last at Rearden’s bar where he stole handbags belonging to two young women.

Judge Leo Malone said the handbag thefts were mean offences, where young women out enjoying a night would have been upset to find their property gone.

Fortunately, in the cases involving the handbag thefts, all of the stolen property was recovered.

Solicitor Pat Casey called the defendant’s partner to give evidence. She told Judge Malone the accused needed help to deal with his addictions. She said he had a heart of gold but was easily led astray by others.

Judge Malone imposed three concurrent sentences of six months for the theft of the charity box and the handbags.

The judge directed he would get treatment for her addiction difficulties in prison.

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