Six month sentence for man who ‘steals to live’

A man who stole a block of knives from a local shop ‘steals to live’ Dundalk district court was told last week.

A man who stole a block of knives from a local shop ‘steals to live’ Dundalk district court was told last week.

The court heard Tomas Sukys (39) with an address at Castleross, Castletown Road, Dundalk entered the premises on the 19th of March last accompanied by a woman and child.

Insp. Kevin Daly said the accused picked up the set of knives worth €169 and left without paying. He was subsequently identified on CCTV footage and fully cooperated with the garda investigation.

The court was told the defendant had six previous convictions for theft and was sentenced to six months in Carrickmacross district court last month for the same offence.

The Defence solicitor explained that his client doesn’t get social welfare. He said he had worked in a meat factory but unfortunately he was not paid legally.

The solicitor said the accused had told him he steals to live and anything he steals he sells.

He added the defendant has signed up to study English and Computers and a pre-release course that start in September while in Wheatfield prison, where he had a release date in November.

The solicitor said Mr. Sukys is eager to try and better himself but he said he was under no illusions and asked the court not to add to his sentence.

Following a query from Judge Michael Coghlan it was confirmed the defendant had been on bail when he stole the block of knives.

The Judge in imposing a six month sentence said the accused had a consistent history of theft and the lifestyle described to him “is not acceptable and can’t be condoned in any way” especially in respect of committing crimes while on bail.