A MAN who stole a vase of ‘huge sentimenntal value’ had his case adjourned at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court to allow him time to establish the value of the property.
Stuart Hehir, 24 Cyprus Grove admitted the offence at 13 Bishopshill on June 27. Inspector Liam Connolly outlined to the court that the injured party reported a burglary where a vase was stolen from a window sill through an open window. The vase was bought in 1957 for £20 and belonged to a retired couple. “The house fronts onto a foot path. The defendant was walking past the house in a heavily intoxicated state in the early hours of the morning and the front window was left ajar and it would appear that he put his hand in and took the vase and walked away from the house with it,” said the inspector.
The court heard that there was ‘no possible gain’ for the defendant in taking the item which he subsequently threw away and that his recollection of the incident was ‘clouded with alcohol’. Solcitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his client was ‘filled by guilt and embarassment’ over the incident and had shown gardai where he had thrown the vase which was unrepairable.
The court heard that the 19-year-old was raised by his grandparents and left school after the Junior Cert and went to work with his grandfather who has a contract cleaning business. “He is involved in fishing, gym and rugby. He realises that drink doesn’t agree with him and makes him cheeky and aggressive. He has done his best to stay out of trouble and there is nothing in the pipeline,” added Mr Lanigan. Judge David Anderson adjourned the case to June 7 to allow time for an accurate value to be found for the vase.