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Serial thief had stolen visa card


Balbriggan Court

Balbriggan Court

Balbriggan Court

A serial thief who was caught with stolen property at a Co Dublin service station has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

John Stokes (35), who has 100 previous convictions mainly for thefts, was arrested after he was acting in a suspicious manner at Applegreen Service Station on the M1 near Lusk.

He was found to be in possession of a stolen Bank of Ireland Visa Debit card belonging to a woman and a stolen NCT disc.

He admitted both offences at Balbriggan District Court.

His solicitor told the court that the married father-of-ten, whose wife is due to give birth to their 11th child, has a 'stream of difficulties.'

'He does have difficulties and has amassed a number of previous convictions,' said the solicitor, adding that Stokes has spent a considerable amount of time in and out of custody.

'His previous convictions does not make for good reading and he has been rarely given the opportunity to engage with the Probation Services or been given a suspended sentence,' the solicitor said.

'It always seems to be lock him up and throw away the key.'

The solicitor told Judge Dempsey Stokes, of Dunsink Avenue in Finglas, is a member of the Travelling Community and while in prison he has given talks on his life as a Traveller, the difficulties Travellers have and has helped out with other members of the Travelling community who are in prison.

The solicitor told the court that Stokes, who is currently serving a sentence for theft and will be released in June, is using his time wisely in prison by taking courses in computers, woodwork and metal work.

Judge Dempsey sentenced Stokes to nine months in prison on both counts of possessing the stolen property to run concurrent to the sentence he is currently serving.

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