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Friday 19 October 2018

Petrol thief 'knew it was wrong but did it anyway'

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A motorist who drove away from a filling station without paying for his petrol "knew it was wrong but did it anyway", a court was told.

Dean Kelly (26) was "holding his hands up" to theft, said Alan Grace, defending.

Kelly, of Rathdown Road, Phibsborough, admitted making off without paying for the fuel and was given a six-month prison sentence.

Dublin District Court was told that gardai went to a Maxol garage on Naas Road on June 29 last year.

They were told a man had put petrol worth €55 into his car the previous day and left without making any effort to pay. He was later identified as Kelly, who had 44 previous convictions for offences including theft.

Irrelevant

Kelly wanted "as little as possible" to be said about him in mitigation, said Mr Grace.

The accused believed his personal details were "irrelevant" and he acknowledged what he did was wrong.

He made an attempt to pay for the petrol days later.

"He knew it was wrong but he did it anyway," said Mr Grace.

He said his client was now "holding his hands up" to the offence.

"He doesn't want any mitigating background put to the court," he said.

The accused was already in custody in Cloverhill Prison when his case came before the court.

Judge Deirdre Gearty back- dated the six-month sentence to last December, when the accused was taken into custody.

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