Ballina man stole wine on Good Friday

A man who stole two bottles of Wally’s Hut Chardonnay from a Centra shop in Killala on Good Friday was before Ballina District Court on Tuesday.

Mark Murphy, 54 Ridgepool Village, Ballina, entered Centra in Killala on April 6 2012 where he went under the taped off area at the off-licence and placed two bottles of wine in a hold-all which he had with him. The shop assistant noticed that the wine had been taken and she located him up the street and recovered the bottles.

Later that night at 10.05pm, gardaí on patrol in the Killala area observed two men staggering along the road. It was raining at the time and there was poor lighting. Murphy was one of the men; he was with John Cunningham, Derygorman, Westport. Both men were arrested for being intoxicated in a public place.

Cunningham, a 37-year-old father of three, was convicted and fined €75. Murphy, who has six previous convictions, was convicted and fined €100 for the theft, and convicted and fined €75 for being intoxicated in a public place.

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