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Thursday 17 April 2014

Pull the other one – thief wanted dental treatment

A SERIAL shoplifter with more than 200 previous convictions shouted at a judge for not giving him a longer jail sentence because he wanted to get dental treatment while in prison, writes Kathryn Hayes.

Michael Whelan, of Kylefea, Croom, Co Limerick, pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to stealing a packet of €15 razors from Ballinacurra Pharmacy, in Limerick, on January 4.

The 34-year-old, who has 213 previous convictions, is currently serving a six-month sentence for a separate spate of thefts.

Before jailing him on the latest charge, Judge Eugene O'Kelly asked Whelan's solicitor Ted McCarthy if his client was the same person who had previously verbally abused him because the sentence "was not of sufficient length".

Mr McCarthy said his client had sought a longer sentence so he could obtain dental treatment while in jail.

Judge O'Kelly imposed a one-month jail sentence.

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