Friday 20 September 2019

Dad who was 'a wild child' stole to feed drugs habit

Judge Miriam Walsh imposed a five-month sentence. (stock photo)
Judge Miriam Walsh imposed a five-month sentence. (stock photo)

A father-of-two stole a handbag and a rucksack to feed his drug addiction, a court heard.

Jason Walsh (30) was "let run wild" as a child as both his parents were addicts.

Judge Miriam Walsh imposed a five-month sentence, consecutive to one he is serving.

The defendant, who is homeless but from Ballymun, admitted stealing a brown leather handbag and a rucksack, together valued at €310, after he entered the rear of a shop in Castle Shopping Centre, Swords, on February 24 last year.

Gda Gemma Twohig told Swords District Court that Walsh entered the shop's stockroom before taking the rucksack and bag, which belonged to staff.


She then left through a fire exit, the officer said.

The court heard the defendant had 102 previous convictions, including 22 for burglary.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said Walsh had a "dreadful" childhood, with both his parents having problems with drugs.

They died when he was in his early teens and he was then in and out of care homes.

Walsh had "very little chance" and was essentially "let run wild", Ms Kealy said.

She said her client had problems with cannabis, heroin and cocaine and was stealing to feed his addictions.

He was now drug-free, on methadone and engaging with all the relevant services.

Ms Kealy said Walsh was "anxious to break the cycle" and be around to see his children grow up.

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