A young man who concocted an elaborate yarn to avoid paying rent was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Naas District Court last Wednesday, July 26. He told Gardai he had been locked in a wardrobe for 27 hours during a burglary.
When Gardai encountered James Coogan whose address is listed as No 4. The court yard, Main Street, Kilcullen, he told them that two males had attacked him on the evening of October 7, 2010, tied him up and bundled him into the wardrobe.
He claimed he managed to free himself eventually, and found that his rent money have been stolen. However Garda William Dolan said he immediately suspected the defendant’s tale because of several inconsistencies. For instance there were no marks on his wrists where he alleged he had been tied up.
Secondly there were no sign of bodily fluids in the wardrobe, where surely there must have been after 27 hours.
Gardai then spoke to the landlord who said he had visited the the house twice during that time and noticed that the window latches had changed position in that time. Gardai also noted that the defendant was vague on certain specifics.
Eventually the defendant admitted to Gardai that he was trying to aovid paying his rent.
When Judge Desmond Zaidan asked Eoin O’Connor, who was representing Mr. Coogan, to explain the incident, he admitted: “It was just stupidity.”
Mr. Coogan is 31 years of age. He has no previous convictions. Judge Zaidan noted: “He alleged a very serious offence,” before sentencing him to six months.