'Desperate' dad stole aftershave worth €2k to provide for family
A THIEF who shoplifted more than €2,000 worth of aftershave is a "loving father" who was stealing so he could provide for his family, a court has been told.
Trevor Johnston (26) claimed that his social welfare was not enough for five people to live on and said he was "desperate" when he committed a series of thefts.
Judge Kathryn Hutton imposed a six-month sentence, which she suspended for one year.
The defendant, of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, admitted charges of theft, as well as possession of stolen property and drugs, when he appeared before Cloverhill District Court.
Sgt Stephen Nalty said Johnston entered Boots, The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght, last June 15 and stole €2,089 worth of aftershave. The property was recovered.
Johnston also admitted stealing goods worth €23 from Debenhams, The Square Shopping Centre, on August 5.
He was searched and found with benzodiazepine tablets worth €50.
The defendant further admitted stealing beer worth €52 from Centra, Old Bawn Shopping Centre, Tallaght, and a €12 crowbar from Woodie's, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, on May 21, 2014.
Sgt Nalty said Johnston was further caught with three stolen bicycles worth €1,000 each.
The bikes were all recovered and returned to their owners.
Defence lawyer Aoife O'Halloran said Johnston has three children with his partner, the youngest of whom was 15-weeks-old.
Their middle child has special needs.
In relation to the drugs charge, Ms O'Halloran said the defendant's partner is suffering from chronic post-natal depression and has been prescribed ziplocane.
She said the defendant was holding the drugs for her to ensure she received the proper dosage.
Ms O'Halloran said Johnston's situation was "desperate" at the time of the offences.
She added that the defendant was a "loving father" and realises that this was "not the way to go".
Ms O'Halloran also said Johnston has spent time in custody and was anxious to get back home as his family needed him.