A FORMER soldier, who became a recluse after several family tragedies, was caught shoplifting €400 worth of fragrances from a Dublin city centre shop.
Donal Lawlor (56) had the case against him adjourned for a community service suitability report.
Lawlor, with an address at Ballybough House in Ballybough, pleaded guilty before Dublin District Court to stealing €400 worth of fragrances.
The crime took place at Abercrombie and Fitch, College Green on December 23, 2013. Garda Sergeant Niall Gillooly said the goods were recovered in a saleable condition.
Lawlor had been in the army but left following the death of a family member in tragic circumstances, his lawyer said.
A number of other relatives had also died recently and a relationship the defendant had been in had broken down. The defendant was now effectively living as a recluse, leaving his home only to get his methadone, his lawyer said.
Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case to a date in February, recommending 150 hours community service in lieu of a jail sentence if Lawlor is found suitable.