File Photo: Presenting a cheque.
A Newbridge man appeared before Naas District Court last Thursday, May 16, to answer charges relating to an attempt to cash a social welfare cheque that was not addressed to him.
The solicitor for Patrick Behan, 37, of 38 Ballymany Mews, Newbridge, Peter Flanagan, explained to the court that a cheque for €460 was deposited into the defendant’s letter box instead of a neighbours, by accident.
Mr Behan pleaded guilty to the offence.
He tried to cash the cheque but was refused.
“It was a rent supplement cheque,” Mr Flanagan told Judge Demond Zaidan.
He said that his client has had a very serious substance abuse problem. He has 61 previous convictions including for theft, road traffic matters and drugs matters.
“He’s managed to stay out of trouble for the best part of a decade,” Mr Flanagan said, adding that when he was young, the defendant was regularly in trouble.
The solicitor added that he had known the defendant for many years. Mr Behan is trying to get into Cuain Mhuire. “His mother died and it affected him terribly.
He was tempted by the cheque which fell into his lap,” Mr Flanagan said.
Judge Zaidan decided to adjourn the case to a date in October for a probation report.