A 54-year-old man who stole an eight pack of Bulmers from a local Tesco store has been given the benefit of the Probation Act at Swords District Court.
Mark O’Reilly, Seafield Court, Rush took the items while purchasing other goods in Tesco on the Whitestown Road in Rush on June 24, 2020.
O’Reilly place the eight cans of Bulmers in a plastic bag in a shopping trolley he was using.
He then placed another six cans of Bulmers on top of that and put a number of items of food in the trolley, Sergeant Patricia McGarrity told the court.
The defendant paid for the six cans and the food but not for the other cans of Bulmers.
Sgt McGarrity said the defendant has four previous convictions.
He was approached by staff and failed to engage with them but he returned twenty minutes later and paid the €12 for the alcohol he had taken.
Solicitor for the defence Fiona D’Arcy said O’Reilly “doesn’t really know why he did it” and said the defendant is someone who suffers from anxiety.
She said he hasn’t come to the attention of the gardaí for anything of this nature before and there was an immediate repayment to the retailer.
Applying the Probation Act, Judge John Brennan said this seemed like something which was a one off and warned the defendant that it shouldn’t occur again.