Father-of-two jailed for stealing gas worth €1,000
A man who stole 31 gas cylinders from a filling station has been jailed for nine months.
Peter Brazil (39) already had 271 convictions when he carried out the theft in west Dublin.
He was also fined €500 and banned from driving for two years for dangerous driving in a separate incident.
Father-of-two Brazil, of Oatfield Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to both charges.
Blanchardstown District Court heard he drove into the forecourt at Texaco, Ninth Lock Road, last December 4.
He took 31 gas cylinders worth €1,085 and left with them, but was later identified.
When he was questioned by gardai he made no admissions.
In another incident in Clondalkin, gardai saw the accused driving down a road in the opposite direction.
They stopped him and were speaking to him when he took off at excess speed, the court heard.
He crossed the white line, causing other cars to move out of the way, and sped over speed ramps and through red lights at a junction.
He abandoned the vehicle in a housing estate.
The court heard Brazil had 271 convictions, 198 of which were for motoring offences and 41 for theft.
He had "never had a chance in life" and had been a chronic drug user from the age of 13, his barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.
He had lost both his parents two years ago within three weeks of each other at Christmas time.
Judge David McHugh made the nine-month sentence consecutive to a jail term Brazil was already serving.
He said he believed a consecutive term was appropriate.