Student 'stole shorts as his clothes were dirty'
AN international relations student stole a pair of shorts because what he was wearing was dirty and he wanted a change of clothes, a court heard.
Ronan Sludds (28) was caught taking the shorts in a city centre shop.
Judge Michael Walsh fined him €300 and put him on a peace bond for a year.
Sgt Peter Seery told Dublin District Court that the incident happened in TK Maxx in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre last May 9.
Sludds was seen acting suspiciously in the store at 10.30am.
He shoved the shorts down the front of his trousers and left without paying.
However, he was stopped by a store detective and held at the scene until gardai arrived.
The property was recovered in a saleable condition.
Sludds had studied international relations for two years in university and hoped to go back to that, said his solicitor, Eoin Lysaght.
“His clothes were dirty and he wanted a change of clothes,” he added.
The shorts were worth €16.
The accused had previous convictions.
Sludds, who was of no fixed address, “seemed to have been involved in theft to some degree” before, Judge Walsh said.
“If you continue on this slippery slope, you might be going through the door behind you into custody,” he warned.