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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Wine thief was emotional after meeting his biological father

Paul Ryan pleaded guilty to theft at a supermarket
Paul Ryan pleaded guilty to theft at a supermarket

A shoplifter who stole €200 worth of wine from a supermarket had been drinking heavily after meeting his biological father for the first time.

Paul Ryan (39) could not deal with the emotions of the meeting at the time he took the wine, a court heard.

Judge Fiona Lydon said she would leave him without a criminal record if he paid compensation and a charity contribution.

Ryan, of Ballsbridge Wood, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, pleaded guilty to theft.

Garda Sergeant Niall Murphy told Dublin District Court the accused went to Fresh supermarket in Smithfield on February 7 and took the bottles of wine.

He left without paying and was not stopped at the time, but was subsequently identified on CCTV and arrested a month later. He admitted the offence when gardai questioned him.

Ryan had no previous convictions and apologised "without reservation", his solicitor Matthew Kenny said.

Addiction

He had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Ryan suffered from an alcohol addiction and was drinking heavily at the time, Mr Kenny added.

Last year, he had met his biological father for the first time but did not deal well with the emotions of that event and drank heavily into the new year and after.

"He couldn't deal with life and couldn't deal with his feelings and behaved in a way that was entirely out of character," Mr Kenny said.

The accused had a fiancee and two children and was currently out of work.

Mr Kenny said Ryan had met the case fairly and squarely and asked the judge to leave him without a conviction.

The judge told the defendant to pay compensation to the shop and another €200 to charity.

She adjourned the case until July 25 and said she would dismiss the charge under the Probation Act if this was done.

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