Man stole wine and cheese despite having money to pay for them
A MAN who stole from a supermarket on Christmas Eve, despite having the money to pay for the items he took, has avoided a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service work.
Vygintas Zaranka (36) has been given 150 hours community service work in lieu of a four-month prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to the theft of two bottles of mulled wine, four packets of Brie cheese and one roll of wrapping paper with a total value of €43.73 from Marks & Spencer at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Clondalkin on December 24.
Zaranka, of Timbermill Apartments, Kilmore Road in Artane, who has nine previous convictions, was warned by Judge David McHugh at Blanchardstown District Court that he is "a candidate for prison".
Garda Kevin Byrne said at around 2.50pm Zaranka was stopped by security staff after he left the supermarket and had past all points of payment with the goods.
Gda Byrne agreed with Zaranka's solicitor that the defendant accompanied security staff back to the supermarket after he was stopped.
"There was no struggle and he made full admissions," said Gda Byrne. He said all of the items were recovered and in a resalable condition.
"He offered there and then to pay for the items as he had €480 on him but it was too late," the solicitor said.
The solicitor explained that the defendant has been living here several years and had worked in the building trade before he injured his back.
"He has now secured part-time work within the car industry," the solicitor said, adding that he has no excuse for his behaviour on the day.
"He knows he is at the door of the last chance saloon," the solicitor said, asking Judge McHugh if he would consider Zaranka for community service work.