Man in Donegal for ‘rally weekend’ caught with €200 of forged notes

June 25, 2024

A young man who was caught with €200 of forged notes over the rally weekend has been fined €500.

Robbie Creamer appeared at Letterkenny District Court after being arrested at Sister Sara’s bar in Letterkenny on Sunday.

Sergeant Jim Collins told the court that Gardai had received a call from staff at the bar saying a forged note had been passed to them by a customer.

Gardai called to the premises and arrested Creamer of Lisheen, Nenagh in Co Tipperary.

When he was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station, Gardai searched the 22-year-old accused man and found ten forged €20 notes.

Sgt Collins said that when interviewed Cramer claimed he was up from Co Tipperary for the rally weekend and found himself with no money.

He said he had been offered the forged money while staying at a local campsite and thought it was wise to take it and spend it at a local bar.

Sgt Collins added that the accused was very apologetic and full admissions were made.

Solicitor for the accused, Ms Donna Crampsie said it was her instructions that her client had found the notes at the campsite.

Ms Crampsie said her client was an electronic engineer with no previous convictions who had been accompanied to court by his parents.

Judge Eiteain Cunningham said this was a “foolish situation” which Cramer had found himself in.

“I’m sure your parents are very disappointed that you came to Donegal and embarked in such behaviour,” added the Judge.

She said that noting he had no previous convictions, that he attended court and that he had tendered a plea, Judge Cunningham said she hoped the accused had “learned a salutary lesson.”

She convicted and fined Cramer €500 and allowed him six months to pay.