The case was heard at Naas Circuit Court.
The case of a man who pleaded guilty to stealing two vacuum cleaners from Power City in Naas has been adjourned to give him time to give the Gardai more information about the theft.
At the Kilcock District Court session held in Naas on April 17, Edward Mongan, of 1 Haydens Lane, Lucan, pleaded guilty to the theft of two vacuum cleaners from the premises on May 25, 2016.
Garda Sgt Jim Kelly, prosecuting, said the total value was €800 but just one of the vacuums was recovered.
Judge Desmond Zaidan said he had been told previously Mr Mongan was contesting the charge and that it would take two hours to hear. He had kept his court list light for that purpose.
He asked Mr Mongan where the missing vacuum cleaner was. The defendant said that he did not know. Sgt Kelly said Mr Mongan made no reply when he was asked about who bought the vacuum from him.
Judge Zaidan asked him if he was asked to steal it to order or if he did so directly. Mr Mongan said that he did not steal it to order. Mr Mongan then told the court that he had sold the vacuum, valued at €400 by Power City, for €200.
The court was told that Mr Mongan’s partner was due a baby at the time of the theft. The judge asked, rhetorically: “do you believe the money was going on a baby?” He adjourned the matter until July 17 for sentence, for more information to be provided.