A 41-YEAR-OLD Lithuanian man who pleaded guilty to purchasing black market cigarettes and tobacco has been given 240 hours community service in lieu of a four month prison sentence.
Rimvydas Dargis, Firdea Park, Ardee in Louth purchased cigarettes and tobaccco to the value of €6,882.73 for €2,000 off a man in the car park of Airside Retail Park in Swords on September 1st, 2012.
There were no Irish tax stamps on the tobacco. Mr Dargis' solicitor said that her client, who is a very heavy smoker, had used his savings to buy cigarettes at a much cheaper price for his own use. She said that while her client, who has no prior convictions, knew that he was committing an offence he was not aware of how serious the offence is. Judge Dermot Desmond imposed the community service hours at Swords District Court last week as a report on his suitability for community service work was handed into court.