A FATHER-of-two has admitted a theft charge after he was caught shoplifting meat from a supermarket.
Carl Kavanagh (32) was left without a conviction at Blanchardstown District Court.
Kavanagh, of Cherry Orchard Crescent, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to stealing meat products worth €6.68 at Aldi, Newland's Cross on July 13 last.
The court heard the defendant went to the shop at 12pm on the day and left without paying for the meat.
He had previous convictions, but they were for motoring offences.
Kavanagh had two children and another one on the way, his solicitor Terence Hanahoe said.
He said the accused went to the shop, paid for about €60 worth of other goods and the meat was something he forgot to pay for.
It was recovered and returned to the shop, he said.
Sgt Mary Doherty told the court, however, that while there were paid for items, the unpaid-for meat products had been "concealed".
Mr Hanahoe said the defendant had offered to pay for the goods.
"He has done nothing like this before in his life," Mr Hanahoe said. "It's a fairly minor matter and it was a minimal amount."
Judge David McHugh said he would apply the Probation Act.