Dad of twins stole steaks and cosmetics
Blanchardstown District Court
A DUBLIN man who recently became father to twins has been sentenced to four months in jail for shoplifting hundreds of euro worth of cosmetics and steaks.
Gerard Halpin (40) had the sentence handed down at Blanchardstown District Court after he pleaded guilty to stealing just over €1,000 worth of goods in four separate thefts.
Halpin, of Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to stealing €510 worth of cosmetics at Bradley's Pharmacy, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on August 19, 2014.
He also admitted stealing steaks and meat products worth €192 at Lidl, Tyrellstown on September 1, groceries worth €180 at Aldi, Mulhuddart Village on April 23 and groceries to the value of €174 at Lidl, Blakestown Way on September 19.
The court heard he had several previous convictions, the last of which was in February this year, for theft.
Halpin had been involved in the criminal justice system from the age of 12 or 13, and had been through various institutions as a juvenile, his solicitor John O'Doherty said.
Halpin was now trying to stay out of trouble. The court heard the Lidl goods valued at €174 had been recovered but the rest had not.
"The birth of his twins has been an eye-opener in terms of settling down," Mr O'Doherty added.
Judge McHugh jailed Halpin for one of the charges, took the rest into consideration and set bail in the event of an appeal.