Baby formula thief was cocaine addict
Dublin District Court
A DUBLIN man was addicted to cocaine and tranquillisers when he shoplifted baby formula, a court heard.
The court heard Brian Boyle took the tins from a supermarket shelf and tried to walk out without paying, but security staff stopped him.
He then became aggressive toward them and they let him go. Boyle (27) was later arrested and the property was recovered in a resalable condition.
Boyle, of Woodvale Drive, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty to stealing three tins of SMA baby formula at Daybreak, Sillogue, Ballymun at 5.05pm on November 16, 2014.
He also admitted two separate theft-related offences and was given an eight-month suspended sentence and put on a peace bond for a year.
In one of the other incidents, he went to Boots at Omni Shopping Centre in Santry and tried to steal €124 worth of cosmetics by putting them in his jacket.
He was also caught in possession of bolt cutters at DCU campus on October 28 last.
The offences happened when the accused had a "significant addiction" to Benzodiazepines and cocaine, his solicitor Anarine McAllister said.
He had taken steps to address that and was working with the probation service, she said.
Judge Bryan Smyth put Boyle on a probation bond and said the charges could be re-entered in the event of any breach of the conditions.