A FATHER-of-two caught shoplifting hair restorer from a pharmacy was going to give it a friend, a court heard.
Paul Hayes (42) was stopped by a security officer from the store after he left without paying for the pills, worth €99.
Hayes was fined €300 after he admitted the theft in an incident in north Dublin.
Hayes, with an address at Barnamore Crescent, Finglas, pleaded guilty to stealing two boxes of Vivascal tablets at Boots, Phibsborough, on March 11.
Garda Conor Mackey told the court he was parked in a patrol car at the North Circular Road at 11.08am when he saw a security guard from Boots stopping the accused.
The staff member told the garda he had seen the defendant picking up the two "hair restoration items" in the shop and leaving without paying.
The accused immediately handed the stolen goods over and was arrested and brought to Mountjoy Garda Station.
The court heard he had 45 previous convictions, including two for theft, criminal damage and assault. Most of the rest were motoring offences.
The most recent conviction was for a theft in February.
Hayes's two children were aged 12 and 14, his solicitor Declan Fahy said. He was a recovering heroin addict and was now on a methadone programme.
"It wasn't for his own hair was it?" Judge Michael Walsh asked.
"No, it was for somebody else", Mr Fahy replied. "He was going to give it to a friend of his".
He asked Judge Walsh to be as lenient as possible. The judge fined Hayes and set recognisances in the event of an appeal.