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Saturday 25 January 2020

'Romantic' thief stole flowers for partner after row

John Flynn stole 15 bouquets of flowers worth a total of €375
John Flynn stole 15 bouquets of flowers worth a total of €375

A "romantic" thief stole 15 bouquets of flowers from a shop to give to his partner after an argument, a court has heard.

John Flynn (58) shoplifted the flowers, worth a total of €375, on three occasions from the same store in north Dublin.

Judge John Cheatle said he can avoid a four-month jail sentence if he is found suitable to carry out 100 hours of community service.

Adjourning the case, the judge said he would also give Flynn a four-month suspended sentence if a probation report is favourable.

Flynn, of Ferrycarrig Avenue, Coolock, pleaded guilty to theft.

Dublin District Court heard gardai went to Spar on Malahide Road, Artane, last July 5.

The store manager told them Flynn had taken five bouquets of flowers worth a combined €125, passed the tills and left without paying.

Gardai were told of two other separate occasions the previous day when the accused stole a total of 10 more bouquets from the shop.

Bereaved

Separately, gardai were called to a north Dublin health centre at 10.30pm last October 8.

Flynn was drunk in the car park carrying a bag containing six bottles of wine, which had been stolen earlier that day.

On March 28 last year, gardai found Flynn drunk and "incoherent" at Railway Mews, Clongriffin, and arrested him for public intoxication.

He had 66 previous convictions going back to the late 1980s.

Flynn had had a chronic alcohol addiction, but was not drinking now, his solicitor Lorraine Stephens said.

All of his previous offending was linked to alcohol.

In relation to the flower theft, Ms Stephens said there had been an argument with his partner and "he becomes romantic in some respects, that is the explanation he has given".

"It's not a situation where he stole them to sell them on," Ms Stephens said.

Flynn had been recently bereaved when his brother was found dead on the streets in England, the court heard.

There had been difficulty identifying him and Flynn went and took charge of bringing his brother home.

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