Man stole roses for girlfriend as Valentine's Day gift while drunk
A Dublin man shoplifted roses for his girlfriend for Valentine's Day, a court heard.
Bernard Conway (55) was caught stealing the flowers the day before at a supermarket in the west of the city.
Judge David McHugh gave him a three-month suspended sentence.
Conway stole the roses, worth €19.99, from Aldi in Palmerstown on February 13 this year.
Blanchardstown District Court heard he went to the shop, took the flowers and was stopped as he left without paying for the goods.
Gardai were called and he was arrested and charged.
Conway also stole a cashmere throw worth the same amount of money and a backpack, which was priced at €4.49, in the same incident.
Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson asked Judge McHugh to note the time of the theft, which was the day before Saint Valentine's Day.
"They were flowers for his girlfriend at the time," Ms Jackson said.
Conway had been drinking very heavily when he carried out the theft.
A family member had also passed away, she said.
Ms Jackson added that the accused was "not trying to sugar-coat" the offence.
Conway, with an address at the North Circular Road, did not address the court during the brief hearing.
Judge McHugh suspended the sentence for 18 months,
The charge against Conway was under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.