A DUBLIN man who walked out of a supermarket with a trolley full of groceries has been battling a drink problem, a court heard.
Derek Behan (48) has not had a drink since this incident.
Judge David McHugh imposed a one-month sentence but suspended it for 12 months.
He also ordered that Behan continue with his treatment for an addiction to alcohol.
The defendant, with an address at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing groceries worth €267.
The incident occurred at Dunnes Stores in Ongar last October 25.
Sgt Mary Doherty said Behan entered the store, selected groceries and alcohol valued at €267 and walked out without paying.
The sergeant said Behan was stopped by security staff, he cooperated fully with them and the goods were recovered in a saleable condition.
The court heard that Behan has six previous convictions, but had not been in trouble since 1993.
Behan, who was not legally represented, apologised to the court for his behaviour, admitting the theft occurred because he has a drink problem.
He said he is no longer drinking and has not had any alcohol since the supermarket incident.
Behan said he is doing his best to support a family and he is also attending Alcoholics Anonymous.