Courier stole wine and beer during his deliveries
A COURIER stole wine and beer three times from a supermarket where he was making deliveries, a court heard.
Frank McDermott (51) took alcohol worth €86 while working on a freelance basis for the shop.
He was told he could avoid theft convictions if he makes a €300 charity donation.
McDermott, with an address at Ashwood Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to three counts of theft from the SuperValu store Sundrive Road.
He took a box of Budweiser worth €20 last February 20, a bottle of wine worth €10 on February 22 and a box of wine valued at €56 on March 15.
The court heard he was seen on CCTV taking the alcohol from the shop floor and passing all points of payment.
McDermott had co-operated completely and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, his barrister said.
He had been a freelance courier with Supervalu and had lost that work as a result of the thefts. McDermott had just got married in the last month and had the charges "hanging over him".
His new wife, with whom he has two children, knew about the court case.
The defendant had no previous convictions.
Judge Michael Walsh said he would give McDermott a chance and strike the charges out if he paid the charity donation by a date next month.