Inspector Mary King said yesterday at Cork District Court that Christopher Ruby “called back and apologised to the owner which alarmed her to say the least”.
Judge Con O’Leary said his recollection of the case was that Ruby, aged 23, also enquired about the injured party’s CCTV.
Ruby, of Knocknasuff, Blarney, Co Cork, yesterday said: “I would like to apologise. I was messed up at the time. I have come back to myself. It was a wake-up call to reality — how much I have let things slip.”
Judge O’Leary said that the accused had a good few previous convictions and that the two burglaries in Blarney were quite significant.
He imposed a six-month jail sentence, backdated one month, as he had been in custody from that time.
Ruby pleaded guilty to charges of burglary at Barbar’s shop, Monacanappa, Blarney, where he stole €3,000 in hair accessories and €26 in cash. He also admitted burglary at Hair by Zara at Shamrock Terrace, Blarney.
After the burglary in Barbar’s in April, Ruby returned to the premises and told the owner he was sorry and also made some enquiry about CCTV at the premises.
Solicitor Joseph Cuddigan said: “He called to one injured party and made admissions of his wrongdoing to her.
“I know you [the judge] might have a feeling about that. There was another man present waiting to have his hair cut at the time and he also made a statement.”
Mr Cuddigan said Ruby had a difficulty with prescription medication and fully intended to avail of services in prison to get clear of that and to take up a further treatment programme on his release from prison.