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Drug addict swiped €120 from shop till

A DRUG addict who opened a supermarket till and snatched €140 before leaving the scene in a taxi has been remanded on bail at Dublin District Court.

Derek Byrne (30) stole the cash at his local shop, then fled in a taxi. A judge referred his case to the drug treatment court after hearing of efforts he had made to get off heroin.

Byrne, with an address at Belcamp Crescent, Priorswood admitted a charge of stealing the money from Tesco, Clarehall Shopping Centre on September 2 last. He went to the store at 11.05am and pressed the release button of one of the tills, taking money from it.

He was caught when he was identified from CCTV footage.

Byrne made full admissions to the offence when he was interviewed by gardai. The money he stole was still outstanding, a garda witness said.

He had 47 previous convictions for offences including theft and possession of drugs.

Byrne had a long-standing drug addiction, having begun when he was aged 15, his solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said.

He had been very successful in his rehabilitation when he moved out of the Darndale area, but his addiction began to get out of control again when he returned. Judge Denis McLoughlin granted bail in Byrne's own bond of €100 and remanded him to appear in the drugs court.