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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Drunken dad-of-two refused to pay for food he ate in shop

Con Sheridan
Con Sheridan

A father-of-two refused to pay for food he took from the shelves and ate while drunk in a convenience store.

Con Sheridan then "lashed out" with "unparliamentary language" at gardai who were called to deal with him.

The 47-year-old became belligerent towards shop staff and gardai during the incident in Dublin city centre.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €200 after Dublin District Court heard he had apologised and was ashamed of his behaviour.

Sheridan, of Vincent Street South, in the south inner city, pleaded guilty to stealing groceries last March 30 and also admitted public intoxication and using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Sgt Gail Smith said Sheridan went to Centra on Dame Street at 12.50am on the night in question.

Annoying

He was in a drunken state and took €6.90 worth of food and ate it then refused to pay.

Staff called gardai, and when they arrived and spoke to Sheridan he became aggressive towards them.

His behaviour was "annoying" and he was told again to pay for the food.

"Choice phrases were used to the gardai," Gda Sgt Smith said.

Judge Walsh said he would take it that it had been "unparliamentary language".

Sheridan accepted he had been belligerent, said Stephen O'Mahony, defending.

He was "embarrassed, ashamed and remorseful" over his actions.

The accused was currently working full-time, Mr O'Mahony said.

"He appears to have lashed out at members of An Garda Siochana who were trying to assist him," Judge Walsh said.

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