Man jailed for spate of Cork city incidents

A man wearing a wig jumped on the counter of a Ticketmaster outlet in Cork before doing an about-turn and fleeing with nothing.

Man jailed for spate of Cork city incidents

Philip Murphy, aged 48, of 53 Orchard Court, Blackpool, Cork, was jailed for eight months yesterday for this and other crimes carried out recently in Cork city centre.

As Judge Olann Kelleher was summarising the evidence against Murphy prior to sentencing, he referred to the incident at Ticketmaster.

Murphy, represented by Joseph Cuddigan, interrupted and said: “I didn’t jump over the counter, I leaned over the counter.”

The judge said this was not evidence given by Insp Vincent O’Sullivan. The judge asked for the account of the crime to be given again.

Insp O’Sullivan said: “A man wearing a wig jumped on to the Ticketmaster counter before being confronted by a staff member and fleeing the scene in the direction of the bus station on Parnell Place.

“Nothing was taken. The incident was captured on CCTV on September 1.”

Murphy repeated: “I didn’t jump over the counter.”

The inspector said: “He jumped on the counter and leaned over.”

Murphy pleaded guilty to attempted burglary arising out of that and also admitted other offences.

In the course of a crime at Phelan’s pharmacy on Grand Parade, he was described as wearing a grey wig and red jacket.

He went into a staff room and picked up a black bag belonging to a staff member. He concealed it under his jacket and left. A security man intercepted and he handed it back.

At Gerard McCarthy’s premises on 18 Princes St, he ran from the shop with €280 in cash. He took it from the till when the shopkeeper was distracted on August 18.

On May 12 at Brown Thomas, he stole a Hugo Boss cardigan, the court heard.

Insp O’Sullivan said the accused had 94 previous convictions, including 13 for burglary, eight for theft, and the most serious being one of dangerous driving causing death.

Mr Cuddigan said: “He is a man who did not have the easiest passage through life. He started his education in industrial schools and ended up with a heroin habit. He is a full-time carer for his mother.”

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