A man who stole a debit card from a fellow passenger on the Athy train and went on a spending spree was sentenced to five months in prison at Athy District Court on Tuesday, September 10 last.
Stephen Kearney with an address listed as 7 Coultry Drive, Ballymun, Dublin 9 pleaded guilty to stealing a debit card on January 8, 2019 while traveling to Athy from Dublin for addiction treatment.
The court heard that at 11am the injured party's bank card went missing and was then used a number of times around Athy by the defendant using the tap method, tapping up to €30 per transaction. He spent €201.60.
He has 94 previous convictions including theft and is currently in prison serving a sentence on another matter.
His barrister Sarah Connolly told the court that the defendant pleaded guilty and made a full admission to gardai.
She said that he was on his way down to a treatment centre in Athy for drug addiction when he 'fell off the wagon'.
He is very apologetic but is not in a position to repay the money back.
Judge Miriam Walsh said that the injured party was an innocent passenger travelling on the train when for whatever reason the defendant decided to dip into her purse.
“It cannot go unnoticed,” she said.