A man who reoffended within two weeks of being fined at Dundalk District Court for criminal damage, was last week given a nine month suspended sentence for shoplifting.
Shane Fergus (29) with an address at Riverside Drive, Red Barns Road, Dundalk appeared before the court on foot of a bench warrant.
The court heard that the accused stole a 'Dylan' hoodie and a Max Crew top worth €55.55 from Lifestyle Sports in the Marshes Shopping Centre on November 28th last and while being searched a tag that had been burnt off the clothing was found.
The court heard was told the defendant had 13 previous convictions including have drugs for sale or supply, but most were for road traffic matters.
The defence solicitor said the father of two - whose partner is expecting a baby, is somebody who has struggled at various stages with a form of addiction and at the time he was out of sorts.
He said the accused is now taking steps to deal with the matter.
Judge Flann Brennan noted the theft occurred within two weeks of the last previous conviction.
He imposed a nine month sentence, but suspended it on him entering a bond to be of good behaviour for nine months and warned Shane Fergus "If you get in any trouble in the next nine months you'll to prison. I won't have this contemptuous behaviour.
“You were dealt with and within two weeks offended again.
He added that even if the defendant was found drunk “the most minor of offences” he'll be going to jail.