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'I don't know what he was at, stealing chocolate bars and fake tan' - Judge on 'silly' supermarket theft

Andrew Phelan

Published 25/11/2015 | 10:35

Tesco at Kilbarrack Shopping Centre
Tesco at Kilbarrack Shopping Centre

A FATHER-of-two stole chocolate bars and fake tan spray from a supermarket in what was described as a "silly" theft.

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Sean Cummins (38) was "going through a difficult period" when he shoplifted the goods.

Judge Timothy Lucey fined him €250.

Cummins pleaded guilty to theft at Tesco in Kilbarrack.

Dublin District Court heard the defendant went to the shop and stole chocolate bars and fake tanning spray worth €30 on August 10.

Cummins, of Briarfield Grove, Kilbarrack, had previous convictions for offences including theft.

The accused was generally co-operative with gardai after his arrest, his barrister Emmet Nolan said.

He had been going through a difficult period at the time of the theft and made a "gross error of judgement - one he deeply regrets".

The accused was "not habitually out stealing."

He had a good work history, was previously employed as a kitchen porter but was now on social welfare.

"I don't know what he was at, stealing chocolate bars and fake tan," Judge Lucey said. "It's at the silly end of the spectrum, stupid stuff, really."

He said while Cummins deserved a suspended sentence, the court must be "proportionate" to the crime.

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