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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Father was broke when he stole a harmonica, alcohol, and clothes, court hears

The man, who had no previous convictions, admitted the theft charges at Dublin District Court.
The man, who had no previous convictions, admitted the theft charges at Dublin District Court.

An unemployed father stole a harmonica to sell because he was struggling to make enough money to look after his young son, a court heard.

At 3.50pm on September 6, 2014, Gavin Kearns (25) stole a harmonica from Walton's music store on South Great George's Street.

The court heard Kearns also stole €48 worth of alcohol from Spar on Dame Street on October 7 last.

On October 29, he stole drinks worth €35 from Dunnes Stores on Henry Street.

Clothes

On October 9, he went to Superdry on Suffolk Street and took clothes worth €35.

Kearns - of Ferrycarrig Avenue, Coolock - had a job as a trainee car salesman but lost that work through no fault of his own, his solicitor Alice O'Reilly said.

"He was hoping to sell the items to help him better look after himself and his son," Ms O'Reilly said.

The defendant was now working in a factory and would not be before the court again, she added.

Kearns, who had no previous convictions, admitted the theft charges at Dublin District Court.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case until September and said he would strike out the charges if the defendant made a €200 donation to Focus Ireland.

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