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Sunday 25 September 2016

Family of thief were threatened over debt

A MAN who snatched cash from an open till in a supermarket had been threatened that his family would be harmed if he did not pay a drug debt.

James Murphy (32) was trying to get money to pay the debt when he stole the €425, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Patricia McNamara adjourned the case, referring the accused to the drugs treatment court.

Murphy, of Glassary Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty to theft.

The court heard the defendant entered Tesco on Drumcondra Road at 11am on September 12, 2013.

He waited in the queue to buy an item and while the cashier had the till open he put his hand in it and took "an amount of cash".

STOPPED

He left the shop, but was stopped by store detectives a short distance away and was found to have €425 in cash on him.

Murphy was fully co-operative with gardai, telling them that he had a "drug debt that he had to pay lest some harm would come to his family", his solicitor Peter Keatings said.

People were threatening his family and he thought the offence would be a quick way to get money. The court heard Murphy had an "on-off relationship with heroin" since he was 16.

He had lived in Waterford and was clean for five years before a "slip" on his return to Dublin.

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