AN animal lover who loaded his car with dog food at a garage and drove off without paying has been jailed for four months.
Josh Turner (22) was stopped by gardai just 100 yards from the scene with €119 worth of dog food in his uninsured car.
As well as sentencing him, Judge David McHugh banned him from driving for 15 years and fined him €500.
Blanchardstown District Court heard Turner had 193 previous convictions, including 24 for uninsured driving.
Turner, with an address at Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to making off without paying for €119 worth of dog food at Texaco, N4, Lucan on February 19 last.
He also admitted uninsured and unlicenced driving at Old Lucan Road on the same date.
Garda Barry Doyle told the court the accused went to the garage at 9.45pm, selected seven bags of dog food and put them into his car. Knowing that payment was due on the dog food, he left the scene.
Garda Doyle stopped Turner 100 yards up the road and after a short conversation he admitted the offence.
He was taken to Lucan Garda Station where he was charged. He was fully co-operative with the gardai.
Many of his previous convictions were from the Children's Court. Turner was currently serving another sentence.
Turner had "ongoing difficulties" for a number of years and his family situation was "unsettled," his solicitor Kelly Breen said.
"He has been very much involved in taking care of animals and that is connected to the offence," Ms Breen said. This included looking after horses.
Turner had moved out of the Dublin area to Co Meath to try to start a new life,
"I am taking his love of animals into account, but that doesn't justify or mitigate what he has done," Judge McHugh said. "He has a considerable track record and 193 is quite up in the records scale."