A REVELLER who was looking for alcohol ran out of a supermarket clutching two bottles of whiskey when he was told he could not buy it, a court heard.
Luke Power (21) was told by supermarket staff they could not sell him the whiskey because it was outside the permitted hours for the sale of alcohol.
Judge Denis McLoughlin ordered Power to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of four months in prison.
The defendant, of Sheepmore Gardens, Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing two bottles of whiskey worth €40 from Lidl in Mulhuddart last December 20.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said Power entered the supermarket shortly after 8am and when he was told he could not buy alcohol due to the early hour, he pushed past a shop assistant and ran out of the store with the bottles.
Sgt Callaghan said Power was stopped outside the supermarket and the whiskey was recovered in a saleable condition.
Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Power, a father-of-one, had been drinking all night.
He was drunk and ran out of the shop with the whiskey when told he couldn't buy it.