Apple tart thief 'stole because he was hungry'
A MAN who stole apple tarts from a supermarket told gardai when he was arrested that he was hungry.
Shane Coffey (26) took the tarts in a theft described by gardai as "sad".
It was among a series of offences he pleaded guilty to at Dublin District Court.
Coffey, of Kincora Road, Clontarf, admitted theft as well as public order and other charges in separate incidents around Dublin last year.
Judge Ann Ryan adjourned his case for finalisation on a later date.
Gda Manus Keane told Judge Ryan the accused went to a city centre Spar last September 26 and took €26 worth of food and drinks.
"He said he was hungry," Gda Keane said.
Last September 10, gardai detained Coffey for a search at Store Street Garda Station.
He was found in possession of a mobile phone that had been stolen from a jacket at Sean McDermott Street swimming pool.
At Balbriggan train station last October 23, a train was stopped due to unruly behaviour and Coffey was taken off, highly intoxicated and a danger to himself and others.
The court heard he had a large number of previous convictions and a long-standing drug addiction.
He had lost family members who were very dear to him and started taking cannabis.
The court heard he moved from Navan to Dublin and his drug use "very quickly descended into heroin", his lawyer said.
The case was adjourned to a date later this month.