Homeless man stole dancers' money from Dublin strip club

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Homeless man stole dancers' money from Dublin strip club

A homeless man, who stole lap-dancers' money during a burglary at a Dublin strip club, has been given a six-month sentence.

John Maughan-McDonagh (35), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to the burglary which took place in the early hours of December 2nd at the Barclay Club on South William Street in the city-centre.

Garda Damien Guckian of Pearse Street station told Judge Michael Walsh that Maughan-McDonagh entered the club at 1.50am and walked upstairs where he “entered changing rooms of the staff and stole property from four of the staff”. 

The court heard he took €600 and two identity cards which are issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau. None of the property was recovered, Garda Guckian added.

Drug addict Maughan-McDonagh had eight previous convictions for similar burglaries and within the past week he had been given a nine-month sentence with three months suspended. 

Defence solicitor Tony Collier told the court his client was a homeless man and had been living on the streets. He suffered from a drug addiction and had no supports for his problem, however he is now on a methadone course, the court heard.

He is now motivated to obtaining drug abuse treatment, the solicitor said, pleading for his client's existing sentence not to be extended.

Judge Walsh imposed a six-month sentence but said he was taking into account the “principle of totality”. Sparing him additional jail time, the judge ordered that the sentence would run concurrently with the term recently imposed on Maughan-McDonagh.

Legal aid was granted to the defendant who did not address the court and he has had all sentences back-dated to December 3rd when he initially went into custody on his charges.