A man has appeared in court charged with deception after allegedly trying to withdraw his dead uncle’s pension from a post office.
Declan Haughney, 40, of County Carlow, Ireland appeared before Kilkenny District Court this morning charged with two counts of deception.
Haughney is accused of twice attempting to withdraw the pension of his uncle Peadar Doyle, 66, at Hosey’s Post Office on Friday, January 21.
Haughney is alleged to have entered the post office at 11:04am and ‘dishonestly induced by deception’ a member of staff, by producing a social welfare card in an attempt to withdraw the €246 pension’ of Mr Doyle.
He is accused of attempting to do the same again at 11.14am.
Although he was with Mr Doyle, the old man is believed to have been dead at the point they entered the shop.
Both charges are contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.
Garda Joe O’Keeffe from Carlow garda station told the court he charged Haughney in Carlow Garda Station.
He said the accused made no reply when charged.
Haughney, who attended court wearing a black jacket, black tracksuit bottoms, and white runners, did not speak during the short hearing.
No application was made for bail, and Haughney was remanded in custody to appear at Carlow District Court next Wednesday, February 2.
Brendan O’Flaherty, Haughney’s solicitor requested that he receive medical treatment while in custody, a request which was granted by the judge.
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