Man appears in Kilkenny court in connection with 'opportunist theft'

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Man appears in Kilkenny court in connection with 'opportunist theft'

A repeat offender who took part in ‘an opportunistic theft’ of a car adjourned the case to seek victim impact statements.
Declan Hoare, 2 Deerpark Cottages, Carrick On Suir admitted that he unlawfully took possession of a vehicle at Chatsworth Street on August 3. The court heard that the defendant has previous convictions for assault, public order offences, thefts and burglaries.
Solicitor Chris Hogan described the crime as ‘an opportunist crime’ adding that the keys had been left in the car. The court also heard that a co-accused had jumped into the car and drove off.
Sergeant Alma Molloy said that the two ‘drivers changed over for a period of time before stopped by gardaí’. The sergeant told the court that the defendant co-operated during the detention and made full admissions and spent two days in custody following his arrest.
Mr Hogan said that his client's brother had drowned in 2017 and the defendant relapsed but had completed a rehabilitation course in the Ais Aire Centre and had ‘engaged well’. The court also heard that he has secured a place on an aftercare programme which starts this week.
Judge Colin Daly adjourned the case for one month to allow for a victim impact statement to be prepared for the court.