Alcoholic ex-jockey stole €200 of groceries
A former jockey who stole nearly €200 worth of groceries and cosmetics from a supermarket has been deemed suitable for community service in lieu of a prison sentence.
Paul Donoghue (43) made a payment of €150 in compensation to the supermarket for the goods he stole, as some of the items recovered were not in a resalable condition.
Judge Dermot Dempsey placed him on probation for one year and ordered him to address his alcohol use, turn up for therapeutic assessments and attend training and employment meetings.
Donoghue, of Boru Court, Forest Road, Swords, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to the theft of €198.32 worth of goods from the SuperValu supermarket in Boroimhe Shopping Centre last August 8.
Sgt Bob Kavanagh said only €37 worth of the goods were resalable.
Donoghue's solicitor told the court the defendant has a severe drink problem and is unemployed. He used to be a jockey, but gave that up to care for his father, who has since died.
"He took the items and is willing to save money to pay the supermarket back," the solicitor said.