A man who drove off without paying for petrol thought his ex-partner had paid for it, a court was told.
Patrick Brady (36), of Hands Caravan Park, Donabate, was arrested after CCTV footage was examined by gardai.
He admitted stealing €20 worth of petrol from Great Gas Service Station, Staffordstown, Donabate, on July 21, 2016.
He had 61 previous convictions, but this was his first theft conviction, Swords District Court was told.
Sgt Bob Kavanagh said Brady's ex-partner went into the service station and paid for other items, but not the petrol.
Fiona D'Arcy, defending, said her client thought his ex-partner had paid for the fuel.
"Confusion arose as she went into the shop. It was her car so he thought she had paid for the petrol," said Ms D'Arcy.
She said her client had €20 with him to pay for the fuel.
The court was told that Brady's previous convic-tions were mostly for road traffic and public order matters.
Judge Dermot Dempsey fined him €150.