A 25-year-old man who was charged with theft of alcohol at a Dundalk business premises was unaware that another man with him at the time had produced a knife to the assistant, Dundalk Court was told.
Anthony Coleman, Bellewsbridge Road was charged with the theft at Byrne’s, Hill Street on July 29 last year.
Inspector Martin Beggy said that three men in total went down Hill Street and two of them entered the store. The defendant before the court had taken two bottles of cider. The inspector said that CCTV footage had shown that defendant was unaware of the production of the weapon.
The alcohol had been recovered, he said.
Solicitor Frank McDonnell said that alcohol was is client’s problem. Judge Flann Brennan said the defendant should serve 100 hours community service in lieu of four months’ imprisonment and put the case back to September 11 for further consideration.