The case was heard in Naas
A man has been found guilty of stealing beer kegs from McCormack’s pub on Main Street, Naas, on March 19, 2015.
Damian Millerick (45), 60 Broadfield Estate, Artane, Dublin 5, did not appear for the hearing of his case at Kilcock District Court, sitting in Naas, on March 20.
A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Earlier in the morning, Judge Desmond Zaidan, was told that Mr Millerick was due in court and the matter was let rest until the afternoon to facilitate him.
The court heard evidence from a number of witness as well as CCTV footage.
Gardai were alerted after a white van was seen going into the yard at the pub.
The CCTV evidence was examined and following a number of items of evidence, the court accepted that the car involved, registered to Mr Millerick, was linked to other activity described as suspicious, later that month on March 31.
Another witness, who worked with Diageo, gave evidence saying they got a call to say that a truck making deliveries was being followed in the west Kildare area.
The truck was followed in Robertstown, Coill Dubh and the on the R403 linking Prosperous to Allenwood.
The van was identified as one registered to the defendant.
The witness told of how attention was drawn to the white van at Allenwood and how it then ended in Kilmeague at the Angler’s Rest.
The witness told Stephen Montgomery BL, who was legally acting for Mr Millerick, that he did not recognise the driver of the van.
Garda Fiona Butler said in evidence that she got a call around 9.35 am about a car acting suspiciously in the Kilmeague area.
She went to investigate and spoke to the driver, who was accompanied by a passenger, who gave his name as the defendant.
The car was seized by the Gardai.
Garda Wayne Kelly said that on March 19, he was informed that eight beer kegs valued at around €1,470 were taken.
He said that on March 31 he became aware that Garda Fiona Butler had seized a van.
He examined it and concluded it was the same vehicle involved in the theft of kegs from McCormack’s. He interviewed Mr Millerick on March 21 and the defendant made no admission of guilt.
CCTV evidence was examined during the hearing.