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Sunday 19 November 2017

Drunk man ripped shop manager's top after stealing wine

Gerard Shortt 'wasn’t in a fit state after leaving party'
Gerard Shortt 'wasn’t in a fit state after leaving party'

A party-goer who went out and stole a bottle of wine from a garage assaulted the manager and ripped his top when he was confronted.

Gerard Shortt (26) was "completely drunk" when he struggled with the man, a court heard.

Judge David McHugh said he could avoid a five-month jail sentence if he is found suitable for 220 hours of community service.

He adjourned the case for a report.

Shortt, of Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to stealing a €10 bottle of wine, assault, causing €100 of criminal damage to the shopkeeper's jersey and breach of the peace.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happ-ened at Texaco Service Station, Newcastle Road, on March 13 last year.

Gardai arrived to see the accused being held by the store manager.

Argument

He said Shortt had left with the wine and, when challenged, a struggle ensued and his top was torn.

The accused had been at a house party and had an argument with his girlfriend, his solicitor John O'Doherty said.

He left the party and "shouldn't have been out" as he had had a lot to drink and "wasn't in a fit state".

Shortt went into the garage and took the bottle of wine but had no money.

When he was stopped, he took exception to this. He was very ashamed and embarrassed, Mr O'Doherty said.

Shortt had an addiction to drink and cannabis in the past but had left that behind.

He had a number of previous convictions but had not been in trouble recently and was a "diligent worker".

Judge McHugh said his compunction would be to jail the defendant, but he had to take into account the fact that some time had passed since his last conviction.

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