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Thursday 14 December 2017

Dad jailed for stealing €500 of Easter eggs

A NEW father who tried to pass tablets to a prisoner in a courtroom claimed he was trying to ingratiate his partner with this individual after the pair had a falling out, a court heard.

Vincent O'Shea (35) also stole hundreds of euros worth of Easter eggs which he then tried to sell at €5 per egg.

Judge Michael Walsh imposed a 12-month sentence, backdating it to when O'Shea went into custody in June.

The defendant, who is originally from Coolock but is now homeless, admitted a number of drug- and theft-related offences before Dublin District Court.

Garda Sergeant Stephen Nalty said O'Shea tried to pass tablets to a female prisoner in a courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice on May 2.

Sgt Nalty said O'Shea was searched by gardai and tried to swallow the tablets, which were valued at €20.

O'Shea also admitted stealing Easter eggs – worth more than €500 – from shops in Dublin city centre between March 6 and March 23.

A number of the eggs were recovered, but O'Shea sold some of them for €5 each.

PROPERTY

Sgt Nalty said O'Shea also jumped the counter in the Tourist Information Office, Suffolk Street last November 28 and took two handbags and €60 in cash belonging to staff.

The sergeant said the property was not recovered. O'Shea was identified from CCTV footage.

The court heard O'Shea has 67 previous convictions, mostly for theft and public order matters.

Defence solicitor Aine Flynn said O'Shea has battled a heroin problem for a number of years, and was in the throes of his addiction at the time of these offences, which all happened within the space of six months.

Ms Flynn said the defendant was homeless at the time, was living on the streets and was stealing to feed his addiction.

In relation to the drug incident in court, Ms Flynn said that the defendant's partner had been in conflict with the prisoner, and he was passing the drugs in an attempt to ingratiate her with this individual.

Judge Walsh activated a six-month sentence which had previously been suspended and imposed a further six months consecutive sentence.

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