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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Man's depression as an excuse now 'spent'

Judge David McHugh
Judge David McHugh

A JUDGE asked a man who stole items on two separate occasions how long he proposes to "drift around committing offences and using depression in mitigation".

Judge David McHugh heard that Anthony Graham had "no logical reason" for the theft of two tins of paint as he did not need it and that he damaged a Manchester United jersey he had tried to steal by attempting to remove the security tag.

Graham (24), with addresses at Cappagh Green, Finglas, and Dunsink Lane, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to damaging a Manchester United jersey worth €35 at Heaton's, Charlestown, last December 19.

He further pleaded guilty to the theft of two tins of paint worth €37 from Tesco, Clearwater, last March 19.

The court heard Graham has nine previous convictions including a nine-month suspended sentence for assault from 2012.

Gda Mark Reilly said he received a call from Heaton's to say security had held Graham for the damage to the jersey while trying to steal it by removing the security tag.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Graham fully compensated Heaton's for the jersey and stole it because he did not have the money to buy it as a Christmas present.

"Not that that's an excuse, but that's why he did it," said Mr Fleming, adding that Graham has a history of depression and is on medication.

"There is no logic to stealing the paint as he didn't need it."

Judge McHugh remarked that Graham "has quite a colourful past - no pun intended on the paint word".

"He is ready to fall off the cliff," said Judge McHugh, adding: "How long does he propose to drift around committing offences and using depression in mitigation? I consider his mitigation to be spent."

He said Graham is "at the point that if he goes through the door, he stays there". He gave him an eight-month suspended sentence and fined him €100.

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