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Friday 15 December 2017

Wine thief sentenced to five months in jail

Ross Cahill
Ross Cahill

A YOUNG man who stole bottles of wine from a Donabate supermarket twice within two weeks has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Four months after the thefts, Ross Cahill told gardai to "f**k off" when he was arrested for being intoxicated in a housing estate.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that the sentence is to run concurrently alongside a three-year sentence Cahill is currently serving.

Cahill (22) of Hazelgrove, Portrane Road in Donabate pleaded guilty to the theft of a bottle of wine valued at €11.99 from Supervalu, Donabate on August 19 last year.

He further pleaded guilty to the theft of two bottles of wine valued at €19.98 from the same supermarket on August 31 last. Cahill also pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour at Hazelgrove, Donabate on December 16 last.

Garda Simon Gerrard told the court that when Cahill stole the wine on the first occasion he was identified on CCTV. Cahill then went back a second time within two weeks and took two more bottles of wine. This time he was apprehended on the street by gardai. The wine was not recovered.

Garda Alan Carroll said that on December 16 he received calls that a male was intoxicated and aggressive in Hazelgrove. When gardai arrived at the scene, Cahill continued being aggressive and told gardai to "f**k off".

Cahill, who has 35 previous convictions, continued with his threats to gardai.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Cahill is serving a three-year prison sentence and that the "facts speak for themselves".

"It's his mother's view that an extended stretch in an adult prison is what he needs," said Mr Jackson.

Judge Dempsey said he would not extend Cahill's current prison sentence and sentenced him to two months in prison for the first theft, three months in prison for the second theft to run concurrently.

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