Man jailed after stealing over €1,000 worth of Lego in Irish city 1 month ago

Man jailed after stealing over €1,000 worth of Lego in Irish city

The man was said to be in a "highly intoxicated" state.

A father of nine has been jailed for six months after reportedly stealing €1,240 worth of Lego from a Smyth's Toy Store in Cork.


John McDonagh, 51, of Bremore, near the North Dublin town of Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at Cork District Court to stealing four Lego sets from the toy shop in Cork on September 10, 2022.

Judge Olann Kelleher heard that Mr McDonagh was on a trip to Cork when the incident happened.

The man had gone drinking with a friend when he then entered the premises on Kinsale Road and stole four large Lego sets.


Man had "no reasonable excuse" for Lego theft

Defence solicitor Shane Collins Daly told the Judge that Mr McDonagh had "no reasonable excuse or rational explanation" for stealing the Lego. However, he also mentioned the man had experienced a "great deal of tragedy and loss" and was in a "highly intoxicated" state when during the incident.

The Lego sets were recovered by staff on the day of the theft.

Mr McDonagh has 170 previous convictions, including convictions for burglary, theft and making off without paying for a service.


Appearing in court by video link from prison the defendant thanked the judge and solicitor when the case concluded.

Judge Kelleher jailed the man for six months.

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