A beggar who travelled to Kilkenny with his rabbit to ‘get a bit of money’ was ordered to stay out of the city and county.
Costica Munteau, 27 Maplewood Lawn, Tallaght, Co Dublin admitted the offence of begging within a five metre radius of an ATM on Patrick Street on November 11 and obstructing the free passage of people without a permit. Sergeant Alma Molloy told the court that the defendant was sitting on the footpath between two ATMS with a young rabbit.
The defendant was told by gardaí that the domestic rabbit should not be ‘out in the inclement weather’.
The court heard that the defendant has previous convictions for theft and for handling stolen property. His barrister, Seán Rafter told the court that his client was a 20-year-old man who lives with his partner in the parental home.
“He attended school in Dublin and dropped out after the mocks for his Junior Cert. He then worked in a shop in Tallaght. He is currently unemployed and is in receipt of €100 social welfare. He accepts that he was begging within five metres of an ATM.
“On the day in question he paid €13 for the bus and he made €35 begging. His motivation was to get a bit of money,” added Mr Rafter.
Judge Colin Daly fined the defendant €150 and warned him if he appears again on a similar charge he will run the risk of a custodial sentence. He imposed an exclusion order that he will not enter Kilkenny for ayear.