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Warwick man admits trespassing and theft

A 54-year-old Warwick man has admitted trespassing at three different locations and stealing items worth more than $200.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court this morning, Dean O’Brien pleaded guilty to trespassing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and stealing food and cash on July 30.

He also admitted stealing beer from the Grotto Bay Beach Resort on August 8, and mustard, ketchup, relish and beer from the same place on August 22.

O’Brien furthermore pleaded guilty to stealing burgers and chicken from the Mid Ocean Club in St George’s on August 29.

The court heard that O’Brien, who has more than ten previous convictions for similar offences, was seen on security cameras entering the fifth floor of the hospital and leaving with a white plastic bag. Staff had reported items going missing and it was determined that O’Brien took various perishable food items and $30 cash in mixed currency.

O’Brien was also caught on security cameras stealing beer to the value of $34 at Grotto Bay Beach Resort.

The hotel operations manager was alerted by staff that the locks on the fridges had been damaged and that items were missing on the morning of August 9.

The locks were replaced but on August 23, the manager was informed that the locks had been damaged again and that items to the value of $43 had been stolen.

By reviewing the security footage, it was determined that it was O’Brien.

Security footage at the Mid Ocean Club also revealed that O’Brien was responsible for stealing burgers and chicken to the value of $97.08.

When asked about the offences in court today, O’Brien said he was trying to help a friend but went about it the wrong way.

He offered to pay for all of the items he took.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered a social inquiry report and a drug assessment.

He adjourned sentencing to October 30 and granted O’Brien $5,000 bail on the condition that he report to Police twice a week.

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