A shoplifter has been sentenced to four months in prison for taking a suitcase from a shelf in Penneys and packing it with clothing before leaving the store without paying.
Judge Mary Fahy described Remi Makula (19), of 52 Fearann Rí, Doughiska, as a recidivist because he has three previous convictions for similar shoplifting offences, a more recent one for a serious assault on a schoolgirl, a burglary and motoring offences.
A bench warrant was issued for Makula’s arrest when he failed to show up in court to face the shoplifting offence which occurred at Primark, Galway Shopping Centre, on March 29 last.
Garda Padraic Kelly gave evidence at Galway District Court on Monday of executing the bench warrant that morning.
Makula was brought in custody before the court where he pleaded guilty to the charge.
He had been out on bail while awaiting his appeal against the severity of a nine-month prison sentence, imposed on him by Judge Fahy three weeks ago for breaking his ex-girlfriend’s cheekbone during an assault on her in a city school.
He had pleaded guilty at the time to assaulting the 16-year-old schoolgirl, causing her harm, and to a second charge of trespassing at Presentation Secondary School on February 9 last year.
Leave to appeal the nine-month sentence was granted on Makula’s own surety of €800, and one independent surety of €1,000, with half to be lodged in each case.
Judge Fahy granted leave to appeal the sentence to a higher court on condition Makula make no contact, by any means, with the injured party or her family.
Makula immediately lodged the required €900 cash in court and took up bail.
He failed to show up in court last week to face the separate shoplifting charge and a bench warrant issued for his arrest.
Sergeant Georgina Lohan, prosecuting, told the court that Macula was captured on CCTV filling a suitcase with €122 worth of clothing. He handed the suitcase back to security staff when they apprehended him outside the store.
Judge Fahy said the accused made it very clear when he was a juvenile that he had no interest in doing community service.
“He is in and out of this court practically every week and the attitude is he doesn’t want help and he won’t do community service.
“The blasé attitude of him. He thinks he can just walk in and take items and he doesn’t treat the court with any seriousness.
“The blasé way he took a suitcase and filled it up with €122 worth of clothing. That’s a lot of clothing because the clothes are cheap. And he has come before this court, time and time again,” Judge Fahy said before sentencing Makula to four months in prison for this latest shoplifting offence.
Members of Makula’s family immediately lodged the required €700 cash for an appeal so that he could walk free pending the hearing of that.
Street fight thugs from viral video outside Garda HQ avoid jail
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Two men and a woman who were involved in a ‘staged’ fistfight outside the new Garda HQ in Renmore were warned they will serve prison sentences if they don’t stay off social media for two years.
Suspended sentences were imposed on all three over the incident which was recorded on mobile phone and footage went viral on social media.
The altercation between John Maughan (27), formerly of Rinville Park, Oranmore, who now lives in Dublin, and Patrick Maughan (31), of 122 Laurel Park, Newcastle, was filmed on Patrick Maughan’s phone by his wife, Ellen Maughan (31), who is John Maughan’s sister.
The footage was uploaded that evening to YouTube, where it gained a lot of traction.
Galway District Court heard this week the trio were sitting in their cars when Gardaí arrived at the scene within a matter of minutes.
They were subsequently charged with affray at Dublin Road, Murrough, Renmore, on November 2, 2018, in that all three used or threatened to use violence towards each other, thereby putting other people present in fear for their own safety and the safety of others.
Both men were also charged with breaching the peace.
Garda Pat Casey told the sentence hearing the incident occurred at 2.30pm on the main road between GMIT and the Garda HQ.
He said the men’s cars met, whether by accident or design, at that location where they got out and had a fist fight in the middle of the road.
Judge Mary Fahy asked if the location chosen for the fight, right outside the new Garda HQ, was deliberate.
Garda Casey said the men claimed they met by accident, “but that was where they met”, he added.
“The inference is they did it deliberately outside the Station to make it even better on social media. They are an absolute disgrace to do that in public and to do it in front of their children,” Judge Fahy said.
This is a shortened preview version of this court report. To read the article in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Cycle plans for Galway City get bumpy ride from councillors
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A €24 million plan to transform the greater urban area into a cycle friendly zone got a bumpy ride when introduced to city councillors at a meeting this week.
Councillors were presented with four consultants’ report outlining a framework for the narrowing of many city roads to facilitate cycle lanes and better pedestrian access.
However, several councillors hit out at the way the cycling proposals which were presented to them just hours before their scheduled meeting.
Former Mayor of Galway, Cllr Frank Fahey (FG) said that it just wasn’t good enough to have to consider such detailed proposals on city transport issues after only being emailed the details that morning shortly after 11am.
Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind), said that there was no joined-up thinking as regards the proposals and he asked if the residents of the east side of the city were consulted about what was being proposed.
“There is a real issue here with communication and consultation. We have businesses in Salthill that are down €25 million in terms of their business turnover and yet there was no consultation with them. It’s absolutely crazy going forward with no consultation,” said Cllr McDonnell.
Independent Knocknacarra councillor, Donal Lyons said that he had only received these detailed consultants’ reports just four hours before the meeting – he also wanted to know why Salthill was being treated differently to other areas.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read extensive coverage of the proposals, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Four-storey apartment block planned at Renmore cottage site
Planning permission has been sought to construct a four-storey apartment block and three two-storey homes on a 0.8-acre site off the Renmore Road.
K King Construction Ltd is proposing to demolish the existing cottage at 78 Renmore Road to create access to the site, which backs onto Nolan Park.
The plans include 19 residential units in all, consisting of three detached four-bed houses to the south of the site, adjacent to Dún na Mara; 10 two-bed apartments and six one-bed apartments, to be accessed by a new vehicular entrance road where the cottage currently stands.
According to the planning application, the development would provide “a positive net gain of new residential units on an under-utilised infill plot” on lands which are zoned ‘Residential’ in the City Development Plan.
Some 22 car parking spaces are to be provided on-site – two for each detached house and one space per apartment unit; in addition, 34 covered bicycle parking spaces are provided for.
Each apartment will have a balcony while a children’s playground is proposed for an area south of the apartment block.
The materials and finish of the buildings are to be similar to those used in the adjacent Dún na Mara development that was completed in recent years by the same developer.
The development would include provision for new pedestrian access for residents to Nolan Park/Renmore Playing Fields by utilising “previously inaccessible” recreation and amenity lands.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.