A 21-YEAR-OLD man who filled up with petrol on seven occasions at the same service station and drove off without paying is being given a chance to avoid prison.Lorcan Kelly, Coill Dubh, Naas, County Kildare paid compensation of €330 at Balbriggan District Court last week for driving off without paying for petrol at Applegreen Service Station Northbound, M1, Lusk on dates in July, August and September of this year. The court heard that there was CCTV footage of each incident which identified Kelly and when he was arrested and detained in Naas Garda station on other matters, he made a full admission of the petrol thefts. Hearing that the defendant has 12 prior convictions for theft, drugs offences and driving without insurance, Judge Dermot Dempsey commented that he has a 'chequered past'. Asking the court to be as lenient as possible, solicitor for Kelly said that her client pleaded guilty and paid compensation. She said that he has the prospect of a fulltime job in the New Year when he is also going to become a father. Judge Dempsey then remanded Kelly on continuing bail to 21st February 2013 for a report to assess his suitability to carry out 240 hours of community service work in lieu of four months in prison.