A man who Dundalk district court was previously told could give no reason for stealing two t-shirts from Penney’s when he was intoxicated, has avoided a conviction after paying €300 to the court poor box.
In April the defence solicitor said the theft - at the Marshes Shopping Centre on March 14th last, was totally out of character for Devin Meehan of An Cearnóg, Toberona who had no previous convictions.
The court also heard that a small bag of cannabis was found when the 19 year old was searched while in custody after his arrest, but the solicitor said that his client doesn't smoke cannabis anymore and asked the court to consider not recording a conviction.
Judge Grainne O'Neill gave the defendant the opportunity to give 300 euro to the Simon Community to avoid a conviction and a €200 fine.
Last Wednesday after he was told the money was in court for the poor box, Judge William Hamill applied the Probation Act .