Judge warns repeat shoplifter he was 'at high risk of not getting the message'
A JUDGE warned a shoplifter charged with theft for the fourth time that he was "at high risk of not getting the message".
Brian Lawrence (22) was given a three-month suspended sentence for stealing toiletries from a west Dublin supermarket.
Lawrence pleaded guilty to theft at SuperValu, Newcastle Road, Lucan, on July 15 last.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court the defendant went in to the shop and selected €24 worth of toiletries.
He passed all points of payment without paying and left the store, before being stopped by security.
Lawrence has completed a forklift course, but is unemployed and looking for work, his barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.
Mr Lawrence - of Palmerstown Square, Palmerstown - apologised for the offence.
"I am concerned that he has three previous convictions for theft. What part of this process does he not understand?" Judge David McHugh said.
"He wasn't thinking at the time. He knows it was stupid and he knows he is on his last chance," Mr MacLoughlin replied.
"I wouldn't say stupid is the word, I would say it's premeditated theft," Judge McHugh said.
"He was given the indulgence of the court before."
The judge suspended the sentence for two years.