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Friday 9 December 2016

Shoplifter's trousers fell down after theft

The accused had problems with drugs, including crack cocaine, the court heard.
The accused had problems with drugs, including crack cocaine, the court heard.

A SHOPLIFTER who stole two umbrellas, baby wipes and orange juice verbally abused a garda before walking away with his trousers down, a court heard.

A garda told the court she was on duty at 7.30pm on May 28 when she approached George Cunningham (30) in a shop and asked for his details.

He told her to "F*** off", and as he walked away, his trousers fell down, exposing him.

Cunningham has a large number of convictions for theft, public order breaches and other offences.

Failing

Judge Dermot Dempsey gave him concurrent sentences of four months for the theft and six months for failing to appear in court on another date.

The court heard he left the shop without paying for the wipes, umbrellas and a bottle of orange juice.

The items stolen gave an "insight into his state of mind" at the time, Cunningham's lawyer said.

The accused had problems with drugs, including crack cocaine. He was now seeking treatment.

He was in custody for another offence and now had "some direction" in his life, his lawyer added.

Cunningham, of Barry Close, Finglas, pleaded guilty to theft at Spar, High Street, Christ Church Dublin 8, on May 28 last. He was jailed for six months at Dublin District Court.

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