A YOUNG woman chased a thief down a city centre street after he snatched her handbag, a court heard.
Gary Mills (50) was apprehended by gardai after a taxi driver alerted them to what had happened.
Judge Victor Blake sentenced Mills to eight months in prison, saying it was "not a nice experience for a young lady".
The defendant, of North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1, admitted before Cloverhill District Court to stealing a handbag.
Sergeant Brendan Stynes said gardai were on mobile patrol on North Cumberland Street shortly after 11.30pm on September 19 when they were hailed down by a taxi driver who said a woman was chasing after a man who had stolen her handbag.
Sgt Stynes said the defendant tried to climb over a fence into a house but he was stopped by gardai.
The victim had shouted for help and chased after him.
Sgt Stynes said the handbag was recovered and returned to the victim, who was in her 20s.
Mills also admitted to having a fake €20 note at Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1, on December 21, 2012.
The court heard the defendant has seven previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Jenny McKeever said Mills, a father of one, left school without any qualifications.
She said he was hanging around the streets, and like many of his friends, he started taking heroin.
He had a problem with heroin for a number of years.
Ms McKeever said Mills is now completely free from drugs, is not on methadone and is focused on staying clean.
The court heard the defendant was very sorry for his behaviour.
Ms McKeever said Mills is illiterate and is hoping to learn to read and write while he is in prison.