Stole from cousin’s birthday party

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A man who stole money from his cousin’s birthday party has been jailed for five months.

David Gerard McCloskey, of Creggan Heights, pleaded guilty to two charges of handling property stolen in the Republic of Ireland on June 7.

Derry Magistrates Court heard £295 and 60 Euros were reported missing from the birthday party in Buncrana, which he had attended.

The 23 year-old was arrested in relation to motoring offences later that day and a quantity of sterling and euro were found in his possession.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client found the money outside where the birthday party was being held. However, he made “no enquiries about it whatsoever”.

It was revealed McCloskey has a record for dishonesty.

Judge Barney McElholm said: “When I had heard he took this money from a birthday party I wondered how low can you go - then I learn it was his cousin’s birthday party”.