Wednesday 21 March 2018

Judge refuses to jail man with 110 convictions who wanted to go to prison after stealing €500 from supermarket cash till

A JUDGE has refused to jail a thief who demanded a prison sentence for snatching €500 from a supermarket till.

David Cummins (27) told Judge Anthony Halpin he wanted a term of imprisonment for the theft, but the judge would not agree and instead suspended it.

Cummins was already serving a sentence for another crime when his case was heard at Dublin District Court.

Judge Halpin gave him another six months for the supermarket theft but suspended it for 18 months, meaning it will be activated if he re-offends on release.

Cummins, of Oak Green, Royal Oak, Santry, pleaded guilty to stealing €500 from the till at Lidl, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road, last November 28.

The court heard he was held by two male customers until the gardai arrived and arrested him.


He had 110 prior convictions and was already serving a three-month sentence.

"He would prefer if there wasn't a suspended element," Cummins' solicitor told the judge.

Judge Halpin said he believed the accused had had a "rush of blood to the head" and that sentencing was the exclusive role of the judge, not the defendant.

"Does he want to swap places?" he asked.

Cummins initially refused to sign his bond but agreed when the case was called again.

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