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Monday 25 September 2017

Tesco thief told gardai he worked with Enda

James Carey
James Carey

A man who stole groceries from a north Co Dublin supermarket told gardai when he was arrested that he worked with the Taoiseach.

James Carey, who suffers from mental health issues, said he was a public servant and claimed he worked with the government leader, who at the time of the offence was Enda Kenny.

The defendant (34) went into Tesco at Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan and filled a trolley with €45 worth of groceries.

He then went past all points of payment and left the store with the stolen property, which was recovered a short time later.

When Carey was arrested, he said he was a government employee and worked with the Taoiseach, Insp Declan Yates told Balbriggan District Court.

Carey, of Stamullen, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to the theft of the groceries from the supermarket last October 6.

He has 15 previous convictions, including two for assault and a theft conviction.

Unwell

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson told the court that Carey was on disability allowance and handed Judge Dermot Dempsey a note regarding a medical condition.

"He has gone through periods of not coping very well," said Mr Jackson.

"His answers to the gardai were during the period he was unwell."

Mr Jackson added that when the defendant's health was good, he did a lot of charity work and had raised a lot of money.

"After that time, he became unwell, and this offence is the result of that. It's clear he is a lot better now," said Mr Jackson, asking Judge Dempsey to consider putting the case back for medical evidence to verify his improvement.

The judge agreed to adjourn the case until early December for a probation and welfare report and for medical evidence to be produced.

In 2009, the defendant stood as an independent candidate in the Meath County Council elections in the Slane electoral area, polling 734 first preference votes before being eliminated on the seventh count.

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