Thief smashed beer boxes on ground when nabbed
A MAN who stole boxes of beer from a supermarket and threw them on the ground when he was apprehended by security staff has received 120 hours community service work in lieu of two months in prison.
Dylan O'Flanagan (21) was also fined €200 for using threatening and abusive behaviour.
O'Flanagan was drunk when he went into Aldi in Mulhuddart on September 8 last year and took two boxes of Coors Light beer and left without paying for them.
When security staff tried to apprehend him, he threw the two boxes of beer onto the ground, smashing the bottles inside.
O'Flanagan, of Willow Wood Grove, Hartstown, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to the theft of the beer worth €20 from the shop on September 8, 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour on the same date.
The court heard O'Flanagan has 15 previous convictions.
His solicitor said the defendant "accepts his behaviour was out of control" and added he was abusing alcohol and drugs at the time.
"Hopefully, he has put his past behind him now and is making serious efforts to remain out of trouble," the solicitor said.
"He has hit the magic number of 21 years old," said Judge David McHugh.
"He's a man now. He can do what he wishes, but he needs to be responsible," added Judge McHugh, handing him 120 hours community service work in lieu of two months in prison for the theft of the beer.
He also fined him €200 for using threatening and abusive behaviour.
"His future is in his own hands now," said Judge McHugh.