Sunday 23 October 2016

Former care worker who stole cosmetics has case struck out

"It was a moment of stupidity," the court heard.

A FORMER care assistant who stole cosmetics from a Blanchardstown pharmacy had his case struck out after he made a charitable donation.

Martin Rice was detained by security staff at Boots pharmacy at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre after he stole €46 worth of cosmetics.

Martin Rice's solicitor, Jennifer Jackson, said the 33-year-old has "no explanation" for his actions and "it was a moment of stupidity".

Rice, of Landen Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to the theft of the cosmetics on February 19.

Rice has nine previous convictions but none for theft, the court heard.


Ms Jackson said Rice, who was a care assistant at St James' Hospital for 10 years, gave up work to care for his mother.

"He has no explanation as to why he stole the items," said Ms Jackson. "It was a moment of stupidity and he is anxious to avoid a conviction as he wants to go back to work as a care ­assistant in the future."

Judge David McHugh said he accepts Rice's guilty plea and noted he had no previous theft convictions.

"There is no logic thread for stealing the cosmetics," said Judge McHugh and said he is prepared to give him the benefit. He struck the case out after Rice made a donation of €100 to Blanchardstown Hospice.

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