Shirt thief given suspended sentence at local district court last week

Man admitted to theft of 44 designer shirts from Dundalk store and was given 12 month suspended sentence

Man admitted to theft of 44 designer shirts from Dundalk store and was given 12 month suspended sentence

Alan Murphy with an address at St Oliver’s Park, Kilsaran, previously pleaded guilty to committing the offence at the Tommy Hilfiger Shop on Earl Street on September 21st last.

His case had been adjourned to last Wednesday to see if a heart condition would mean he was unsuitable for community service.

The court previously heard the accused – who had cooperated with gardai, was one of three people arrested in connection with the theft and the designer shirts – valued at €1,760, were recovered.

The Defence solicitor had earlier told the court her client had a problem with alcohol abuse and had ended up in hospital over the Christmas period for a heart condition.

She said he realised that he needs to clean up his life and had moved out of town and stopped mixing with the people he had been associating with.

The court heard last week that a medical report had been sent to the Probation Service and the accused was unable to complete community service, due to his medical condition as a prosthetic aortic valve had been inserted.

After he heard the defendant has not come to garda attention since, Judge Flann Brennan imposed the suspended sentence, but he warned the accused that if he offends again he’ll be going to jail and it would be for the best part of two years. He added he was not impressed, as initially the accused was not forthcoming about his drug use.