Garda Sergeant JJ Kirby told Judge Andrew Cody at Portlaoise District Court recently that if gardaí were to bring CCTV evidence from every store where an alleged theft occurred, he’d be in court until the cows come home.
He made the comment when a 19-year-old woman was charged with the theft of 12 candles valued at €239.90 from Home Store + More, Portlaoise Retail Park on 11 November.
Judge Cody noted that the state was relying on CCTV evidence to progress its case but had not submitted that evidence in advance to the defendant.
He said: “If the state is relying on that evidence, it should be here in court,” to which Sgt Kirby replied: “If I was to bring in CCTV evidence from every store, I’d be here ’til the cows come home.” Judge Cody adjourned the case until 6 January to allow time for the defendant to enter a guilty plea or to set a date for a full hearing.
*Names of defendants in Portlaoise District Court cases are printed in the Laois Nationalist newspaper that is available in your local shop or in our online edition here.