In Waterford Circuit Criminal Court last week, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said that he was not one bit impressed by a Kilkenny man who was in breach of the conditions of a suspended prison sentence imposed on him for robbery in Waterford city centre.
Before the court was Daniel Kelly of Kilfane West, Thomastown, County Kilkenny, who was given three years in prison with the final two years suspended on May 16th, 2013, on condition that he paid €5,000 compensation to his victim within two years. The robbery took place in Railway Square, Waterford, on October 12th, 2010.
The court was told that there was concern that Kelly’s attendance at after-care counselling had deteriorated and he had only been to two meetings. For the accused it was stated that he was in receipt of social welfare benefit but had saved a substantial sum of €1,800 in compensation.
The Judge said that Kelly was in breach of the conditions of his suspended sentence but noted that he was now offered three to four months temporary employment at €400 a week on flood repairs in Kilkenny. This would ensure that the victim of the robbery got compensated.
The case was adjourned to February 2nd next for €1,800 in cash plus a further sum of €200 compensation to be paid over to the victim and the balance of €3,000 must be paid by April 5th next.