A MAN who was "heavily-intoxicated on drugs" on the day he stole items from Tesco Clearwater in Finglas has been given community service work in lieu of a prison sentence.
Mark Maguire (28) walked into the supermarket and took a newspaper without paying for it. He then proceeded to wrap a DVD player and speakers up in the newspaper before trying to leave the store without paying for the items. He was arrested and admitted the theft.
Maguire, of Hazelcroft Gardens in Finglas South, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to the theft of the newspaper, DVD player and speakers - all to the value of €210.39 - on May 12 last year.
Garda Michael Hughes agreed with Maguire's defence counsel that the defendant co-operated fully on the day and that all of the items were recovered and in a re-saleable condition. Gda Hughes said Maguire, who has 32 previous convictions, hasn't come to garda attention since the offence.
Defence counsel said Magurie has had drug problems in the past which he is now addressing. "On the day he had taken a number of pills and was heavily-intoxicated on drugs," counsel said.
"He has now managed to get his life together and has not taken drugs since."
Judge David McHugh handed Maguire 150 hours community service work in lieu of a three-month prison sentence.