Habitual offender robbed suitcase

Habitual offender robbed suitcase

A man who was found wearing the wrist watch of Bishop Seamus Freeman when he was arrested on another matter was found guilty at Kilkenny District court of robbing the luggage of a woman on a bus going from Dublin to Dungarvan, County Waterford.

Peter Donoghue, Garryduff, Paulstown brazenly took a young woman's carry-on case from the under-carriage of a bus while it was stationed at Kilkenny railway station as passengers were taking their belongings from the hold. The distraught woman only realised her wheelie case had been stolen when she got to her destination in County Waterford.

The culprit, Peter Donoghue was seen with the trolley on CCTV in MacDonagh Junction shopping centre, bedside the railway station.

However when he was apprehended by diligent gardai, most of the items were gone from the case.

The court heard from Insp Liam Connolly who said that the defendant had a total of 73 previous convictions and that 39 of those were theft of one sort or another involving property and cash.

It was disclosed that Mr Donoghue is presently in Clover Hill prison after being jailed in Cork for a number of offences in February of this year.

However, he was arrested on the streets of Kilkenny city on May 2 of this year following the incident at the city's railway station. When he was arrested it was discovered he was wearing the watch of the Catholic Bishop of Ossory which had been stolen in a robbery earlier this year for which another man was in court.

It was also disclosed that Mr Donoghue, a habitual offender, co-operated with gardai and made a full admission involving both incidents saving garda and state and resources.

Solicitor, Chris Hogan said his client had a chronic heroin addiction and that he had made efforts to address his addiction and that he was making steady progress in the prison.

He was remanded in custody until a further court sitting at the end of July.