Ex-soldier (56) caught stealing fragrances

By Andrew Phelan

A FORMER soldier, who became a recluse after several family tragedies, was caught shoplifting €400 worth of fragrances from a Dublin city centre shop.

Donal Lawlor (56) had the case against him adjourned for a community service suitability report.

Lawlor, with an address at Ballybough House in Ballybough, pleaded guilty before Dublin District Court to stealing €400 worth of fragrances.


The crime took place at Abercrombie and Fitch, College Green on December 23, 2013. Garda Sergeant Niall Gillooly said the goods were recovered in a saleable condition.

Lawlor had been in the army but left following the death of a family member in tragic circumstances, his lawyer said.

A number of other relatives had also died recently and a relationship the defendant had been in had broken down. The defendant was now effectively living as a recluse, leaving his home only to get his methadone, his lawyer said.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case to a date in February, recommending 150 hours community service in lieu of a jail sentence if Lawlor is found suitable.