Jewellery thief drank two litres of vodka a day
A FATHER-of-one who shoplifted novelty jewellery from a store had been drinking up to two litres of vodka a day.
David Mantle (37) also stole wine and food in two other shop thefts. He pleaded guilty to three counts of theft when he appeared in Dublin District Court.
Judge Ann Ryan dismissed the charges under the Probation Act.
The court heard Mantle went to Carroll's Gift Shop on Westmoreland Street at 6pm on February 17 last.
He took €56 worth of novelty jewellery and left without paying.
Security apprehended him a short distance away and the goods were recovered. On July 11, he went to Supervalu on Talbot Street and stole a bottle of wine worth €10.99. He returned to the same shop on August 8 and stole food and drink worth €20.
Mantle, from Captain's Road, Crumlin, was from a respectable family but had an addiction to heroin and tablets, his lawyer said.
Mantle also struggled with an alcohol addiction for many years and was consuming one to two litres of vodka at the time of the thefts, which were "opportunistic".
While attempting to detox, he suffered a relapse after the death of his mother. The court heard the accused had worked in construction and on fishing trawlers.