A driver who repeatedly left without paying for petrol from two petrol stations on the M1 motorway was battling a drug addiction at the time, a court heard.
Martin Maughan (48) stole more than €500 worth of petrol from the Applegreen service stations on the M1 over five weeks in 2018.
Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a nine-month sentence, concurrent to a lengthy sentence Maughan is already serving.
The defendant, who is not due for release until 2022, has only seen his family three times this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, and he had struggled to maintain his relationships with them, his lawyer said.
The defendant, with an address at St Margaret's Park in Ballymun, admitted seven counts of failing to pay for petrol. The thefts all occurred at the two Applegreen stations on the M1 on dates between August 31, 2018 and October 1, 2018.
The total value of the petrol was €539, and on each occasion Maughan filled up his vehicle before driving off without paying, Garda Brendan Fitzpatrick told Swords District Court.
The court heard that Maughan had 237 previous convictions.
Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said Maughan had a dysfunctional upbringing and had regularly gotten into trouble.
Ms Flannery said these incidents all took place within a short period and Maughan had been in custody ever since.
She said Maughan had been clean of drugs for nearly two years and was involved with the Red Cross in prison.
Ms Flannery said Maughan was married and had one child. He had only seen his family three times this year and it had been difficult to maintain his relationships with them.
Ms Flannery asked the judge not to increase Maughan's time in custody, adding he hoped to start afresh when he left prison.