A man who used his young children to help him shop lift was described by Judge Sean MacBride as ‘rearing his children to evil’.
Thomas McDonagh (45), Drumcrew, Castleblayney was decribed by the judge as “marauding across the country” “inflicting pain and misery” on members of the public.
McDonagh was charged with trespass, theft and burglary relating to separate incidents.
The first offence took place at Cusacks Electrical, Dublin Street, Ballyjamesduff on 28 May.
McDonagh and members of his family entered the shop and aroused the suspicion of the shopkeeper.
Once they had left without buying anything the shopkeeper reviewed CCTV footage which showed that McDonagh had taken four phone chargers and given them to his young child to carry out of the shop.
McDonagh was arrested and charged with the offence.
On a separate occasion on 20 July McDonagh and his wife and two children drove into a farm yard at the Glebe Inniskeen, Monaghan.
He began helping himself to the green diesel, which he used to fill his car with.
The owners of the property then returned and blocked in his vehicle, which he had filled with fuel.
Gardai were called and he was arrested and charged.
The court heard that McDonagh had 37 previous convictions for among other things: drugs offences, theft and trepass.
Judge Sean MacBride said that McDonagh had no regard for anyone but himself and that he was a menace to society.
He also said that McDonagh using his children to shoplift was reprehensible and that he was surprised that the HSE hadn’t taken his children from him.
He said “what chance do they have” and that McDonagh was ‘rearing them to evil’.
He sentenced McDonagh to 10 months in Wheatfield for the taking the green diesel and a concurrent 10 month sentence for taking the phone charges. He also banned him from driving for 12months.
In the case of the appeal he set bail conditions.