Monday 11 December 2017

Man who paid for toothbrush but stole €1.7k of perfume and cosmetics avoids jail

Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Jessica Magee

A Dublin man who paid for a toothbrush in Boots but stole almost €1,700 worth of perfume and cosmetics has been told he's 'very lucky' not to be going to jail.

Thomas Nulty (21) was given a one-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court but was warned that this was his “final chance” to mend his ways or face imprisonment.

Judge Karen O'Connor instructed Nulty to cooperate with probation services, keep the peace and be of good behaviour for one year or, she said she would not hesitate to imprison him.

“You're very lucky, Mr Nulty. It's not up to your mother to keep you out of trouble, it's up to you,” she added.

Nulty, formerly of George's Hill Apartments, Halston Street, Dublin , pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics worth €1,653.42 from Boots pharmacy in Blanchardstown Town Centre on December 8th last.

The court heard that he paid for a toothbrush, but placed a large quantity of mixed cosmetics and perfumes in a bag and walked out of the store without paying for them.

Garda Clare Cronin told the court that when caught, Nulty immediately admitted his crime and all the cosmetics were recovered.

Passing sentence today, Judge O'Connor said Nulty was at a critical stage of his life where either he was going to rehabilitate himself or face imprisonment.

She acknowledged that he immediately confessed the offence to gardaí on arrest, but said he had been “caught red-handed” stealing a significant quantity of property.

“This is not a victimless crime; this type of offence leads to additional security costs for any business trying to operate and customers end up having to cover the cost,” said Judge O'Connor.

She noted that Nulty had a difficult upbringing and had spent time in care from the age of 15, but said he had already been given a number of opportunities and that this was his “final chance”.

Nulty has 25 previous minor convictions, including drugs and public order offences, criminal damage, theft, possession of knives and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Gda Cronin told Marie Torrens BL, prosecuting, that Nulty's bail had recently been revoked after he failed to sign on.

Defence counsel, Mark Lynam BL, said his client had gone voluntarily into care aged 15 as he had been “going off the rails” and taking a mix of tablets and alcohol.

The court heard Nulty found himself living in hostels at the age of 18 and hanging around with a group of peers who were a bad influence on him.

Mr Lynam said Nulty was now trying to stay away from that group and get his own apartment.

The court heard that the probation services are engaged with helping Nulty resettle and further his education.

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