A man who stole alcohol from a number of Dundalk supermarkets on five separate occasions has been told he faces a six month sentence or up to 120 hours community service
Judge Flann Brennan warned 44 year old Paul Gorman of Lennon Melia Terrace, Dundalk that he would not be found suitable to serve his sentence in the community if he continues to drink.
Inspector Martin Beggy outlined to the court last Wednesday how the accused had stolen bottles of alcohol from Dunnes Stores and Tesco on various dates in June – including bottles of Bacardi, whiskey, wine and WKD.
The court heard how the defendant had 17 previous convictions.
The Defence said that drink was the subject or object of all of the charges before the court.
He said his client – through his GP, is awaiting a place on a treatment programme and he had assured him as soon as a place becomes available “either in house or out” he was going to take his doctor’s advice and take the help on offer.
The solicitor added his client is a man who has lost everything through drink.
Judge Flann Brennan said the defendant had a terrible record and he was considering imposing a six month sentence or 120 hours community service.
He put back the case until the 7th of November, saying that should give him enough time to show his resolve.
But he warned the accused that aside from his ability to work, if he continued to drink, he would not be found suitable to perform community service as nobody in their right mind would insure somebody who drinks the way he has been doing.
As part of his bail, the accused was ordered to stay out of Dunnes Stores and Tesco.
In a separate case, a 23 year old man who was found with a special hammer used to break glass, was told at Dundalk district court last week that he is facing 100 hours or three months community service.
The court heard it was found when Daniel O’Grady of Erne Court, Belturbet, Co. Cavan was stopped and searched by gardai on Linenhall Street in Dundalk, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
The court was told the accused had a number of previous convictions including trespass and theft.
After he was told that a community service report had been ordered for a co-defendant in the case, Judge Flann Brennan put back the case to the 7th of November and remanded the accused on continuing bail.