Wednesday 20 November 2019

'Vulnerable' burglar who stole €3k perfume from Boots jailed for two years

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

Fiona Ferguson

A “vulnerable” burglar who stole over €3,000 in perfume and aftershave from a Boots Chemist after a car was reversed into the front doors has been jailed for two years.

Patrick Stokes (36) of Hill Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary and criminal damage at Boots chemist, Drimnagh Road on January 14, 2017.

He has 50 previous convictions including five for burglary and nine for theft offences.

Garda David Hickey told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that he responded to an alarm call at the premises at 5.20am. He found the front door smashed and the store full of smoke with stock on the floor. CCTV revealed a silver Honda Civic had been reversed into the front doors twice.

The perfume and aftershave which included brands such as Dior, Gucci, and Dolce and Gabbana were loaded into a wheelie bin brought along by Stokes' accomplice.

The stock taken was valued at €3,183 and damage to the door was estimated at €6,969.

Stokes was nominated as one of the two men involved and arrested several days later. He admitted being involved in the burglary and said he got involved as he was going along with another man. He said the stolen goods had been sold.

Fiona Pekar BL, defending, said Stokes had difficulties in relation to his intellectual capacity which made him vulnerable. She said Stokes mother had said he “simply did not have a chance” after he became addicted to drugs at 16-years-old.

Ms Pekar said Stokes had been released from prison on a previous sentence last August and had got his life together until he travelled to Dublin to comfort a relative who had suffered a bereavement.

She said that while in Dublin he relapsed into drug abuse and things went “pear shaped.”

Counsel said Stokes was now at a place in his life where he wanted to make a change and knew he needed help with his addiction. She said due to his underlying difficulties in processing information specialised services may be required in relation to drug counselling.

Ms Pekar submitted Stokes had expressed remorse and had a supportive family.

Judge Pauline Codd noted Stokes had a mild intellectual disability and seemed to be quite vulnerable.

She imposed a three and a half year sentence but suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions including Probation Supervision which was to begin before he left prison.

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