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Dad stole groceries and abused garda

A MAN who stole more than €600 worth of groceries from a Balbriggan supermarket and verbally abused a female garda while attending court has been remanded on continuing bail for a probation report.

Niall Skelly (42), of Chieftain's Road, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to the theft of €609.20 worth of groceries from Tesco Extra at Millfield Shopping Centre last November 15 and assaulting a security worker.

He also admitted failing to comply with garda direction, obstructing an officer and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Balbriggan Courthouse last December 4.


Gda Darren Tuffy told Swords District Court that a security man at the shopping centre apprehended Skelly after he stole the groceries. Skelly became involved in an altercation when the worker tried to take the trolley full of groceries from him.

Gda Paul Kelly said that while Skelly was attending court, he became involved in an altercation at the back of the room and when Gda O'Connor confronted him he started to verbally abuse her.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said the father-of-four's behaviour was inexcusable. Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded Skelly on continuing bail for a Probation Report.