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Vodka thief (29) had 'crippling addiction'


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A man who stole a bottle of vodka from a supermarket had good prospects but a "crippling addiction" to alcohol, a court was told.

It was his "demon", said barrister Jennifer Jackson, defending.

Mark Carolan (29), of Turner's Hill, Kingscourt, Cavan, admitted theft.

Blanchardstown District Court heard he stole a €26 bottle of vodka from Dunnes Stores in St Margaret's Road, Finglas, last May 28.

Carolan, who had a previous conviction for drink-driving, had completed a residential treatment programme.

Letters from the programme were presented to the court.

Carolan had had a "rather crippling addiction to alcohol in the past", said Ms Jackson.


Carolan had done a BA course and had "very good prospects" but found himself in the throes of addiction.

He was now studying teaching English as a foreign language and hoped to travel to Japan to work.

Alcohol was his "demon", but when he had no contact with it he was able to lead a fruitful life, said Ms Jackson.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date in January for a restorative justice prog-ramme report.

He told the accused to pay €300 to charity, carry out 20 hours of voluntary work and write a letter of apology to Dunnes Stores.

He told Carolan that if all this was done, he was willing, "with some reluctance", to give the defendant a final chance and leave him without a conviction.