Monday 23 April 2018

CCTV footage helped gardai to catch drink thief with 85 previous convictions

John Joyce admitted theft
John Joyce admitted theft

Eimear Cotter

A YOUNG man who made off with drink from a convenience store was later identified as the culprit from CCTV footage, a court heard.

John Joyce (24) was battling a problem with alcohol at the time.

A court heard that Joyce, who has 30 previous theft-related convictions, was recognised by gardai who viewed CCTV footage of the incident.

Judge Anne Watkin imposed a two-month sentence.

The defendant admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to theft at SuperValu in Blackrock on February 19 last.

Sergeant Peadar McCann said Joyce entered Supervalu, picked up alcohol, valued at €88, and walked out of the store without paying for the items.

Sgt McCann said the alcohol was not recovered and Joyce was later identified as the culprit from CCTV footage.

The court heard that Joyce, with addresses at St Donogh's Road in Kilbarrack and Seagrave Drive in Finglas, has 85 previous convictions, including 30 previous convictions for theft-related matters.

The court heard he is currently serving an 18-month sentence for making threats to kill.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said the defendant is not due for release until June 2017.

Ms Moloney said Joyce is doing well in prison, is studying for his Junior Certificate and working towards achieving his Gaisce awards.


Ms Moloney said Joyce had a heroin problem, which began in 2012, but he received treatment in Cuan Mhuire for three months prior to going to jail, and he is now not even on methadone.

Ms Moloney said Joyce is on a drug-free landing in prison and he has managed to stay completely drug-free.

Judge Waktin said that the term "drug-free landing" was somewhat of "a joke" as prison is supposed to be drug-free.

Joyce told the court he hasn't touched heroin "for about eight months now".

Ms Moloney said Joyce has battled with a drink problem in the past, and a lot of his difficulties and offending behaviour stem from that issue.

Imposing the sentence, Judge Watkin said Joyce has a serious record of offending behaviour.


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