Twenty three-year-old Dublin man left behind €915 Wicklow hotel bill

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Twenty three-year-old Dublin man left behind €915 Wicklow hotel bill

File photo: Naas courthouse

A young man appeared in Naas District Court last Thursday, March 22 to answer charges relating to an incident where he was part of a party of people who left a hotel near Blessington without paying.

The party included the defendant’s then girlfriend, and extended members of her family, including her parents.

The court also heard that he took responsibility for the charges because he didn’t want to implicate anyone else.

Stephen Kelly, 23, with an address listed as 7 Oakgreen, Ballybrack, Dublin, was charged with six counts of forgery, one of theft and one of making off without payment from Tulfarris Hotel on July 31, 2016.

The forgeries relate to him signing somebody else’s name for room service — the names of another person who had booked the room.

The total bill came to €915 for two rooms and room service. The young man and his then girlfriend have now broken up.

Representing him, barrister Sarah Connolly commented: “It’s a desperate case. He made a terrible stupid mistake.

She went on to explain that her client had had drug difficulties but notwithstanding that he had managed to hold down a series of employments in that time.

He has since has taken steps to end his drug taking and to deal with his anxiety and depression issues.

She explained that the young man had the €915 with him in court.

He has no previous convictions and has come to no Garda attention since.

Judge Desmond Zaidan concluded that Mr Kelly should do community service.