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Friday 20 October 2017

Drunk dad stole toy helicopters for son

THIS is the father who stole two toy helicopters during the January sales because he felt his young son was disappointed with his Christmas presents.

Vincent Widdess (40) took the helicopters, worth €100, from a widow display.

A court heard that he was very drunk at the time.

Judge David McHugh imposed a nine month sentence suspended for two years.

The defendant, of St Ronan's Park in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing two children's helicopters, worth €100, from Art & Hobby, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on January 23 last.

Garda Sergeant Walter Sweeney said Widdess leaned into a window display and removed the helicopters, which were recovered in a saleable condition.

The court heard that Widdess has 75 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Paul Hannon said Widdess, a father of two, took the helicopters during the January sales for his six-year-old son.

He wanted to give his son the helicopter because he felt his son did not get particularly good Christmas presents.

Mr Hannon said Widdess has battled problems with drugs and alcohol in the past, but he has completed a treatment programme and is now providing clean urines.

Mr Hannon said the defendant's mother is very ill with kidney problems and he is her only carer.

Mr Hannon also said Widdess has spent time in custody before, and he doesn't want to go back to jail.

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