Detoxed thief gets fresh start after 'years in and out of jail'
A shoplifter who has been in and out of prison for years due to his drug dependency has told a court he is finally clean and wants to stay out of trouble for his two children's sake.
Paul Lillicrap (37) was stealing to feed his addictions to tablets and heroin. He now claims he is anxious to be around to see his children growing up.
Dun Laoghaire District Court heard he is off all drugs, including methadone.
Judge Anne Watkin praised Lillicrap for his achievement and ordered him to enter into a probation supervision bond for two years.
The defendant, of Cedar Court, Ballybrack, Co Dublin, admitted stealing cosmetics, valued at €247, from a pharmacy in Dun Laoghaire on November 25, 2015.
Gardai said Lillicrap was identified on CCTV as the culprit and he later admitted stealing the goods.
The court heard Lillicrap has 100 previous convictions, including a large number of theft-related matters.
He has spent most of this year in custody.
Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam told the court that Lillicrap has been "in and out of prison for years". He added that he first started taking heroin 17 years ago and developed a problem with sleeping tablets five years ago.
The solicitor told the court Lillicrap has now completely detoxed and is also free from methadone.
Lillicrap said he had only detoxed from all drugs once before, in 2010, and he was "really anxious" to stay clean this time.
He was also working with the addiction services to help him stay away from drugs.
Imposing a probation bond, Judge Watkin told Lillicrap that coming off all drugs was "an achievement".