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Freed rapist shoplifted to 'get locked up'

A CONVICTED rapist stole aftershave from a shop after he was freed from prison because he wanted to "get locked up" again.

Philip Redmond (33) committed the theft as a "cry for help" because he found himself homeless and addicted to drugs.

Redmond was jailed in 2007 for raping a student while she walked home alone from a disco in Waterford.

The court heard he had served that sentence in the Midlands Prison.

Judge Alan Mitchell gave him a three-month suspended sentence for the theft when he appeared at Dublin District Court.

Redmond, of no fixed address but previously of William Street, Waterford, admitted stealing a €68 bottle of aftershave from Abercrombie and Fitch, College Green, Dublin, last August 3.

The court heard gardai saw the accused running from the store being chased by security guards at 1.30pm on the day in question.

He had gone into the shop, picked up the aftershave and left without paying.

When he was caught, he admitted stealing the property, which was recovered, the court heard.

Redmond had 34 previous convictions, most of which were foreign. Others were imposed in the Central Criminal Court in 2007 for offences in 2006.

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The theft was a "cry for help" and the offence was committed with the hope that he would be put back into custody, the defendant's solicitor Noelle Kenny told the court.

She said that when Redmond was arrested, he had told the investigating garda he "did it to get locked up".

Judge Mitchell asked if it was still the defendant's wish to go back into prison.

Ms Kenny said this was no longer the case. She said that on release from the Midlands Prison, Redmond, who was dyslexic, became homeless and addicted to drugs.

He was finding this hard to deal with because he had become clean while in prison.

He was now stable on methadone and wanted to do a degree course to follow on from a diploma in social studies he received in jail.

Redmond was living in various homeless hostels around Dublin.

Judge Mitchell said it seemed there had been no supports for the defendant when he was released from prison.

He said the accused's previous conviction was a very serious one and it would have been preferable that he remained under supervision when his sentence expired.

He suspended the three-month sentence for a year.

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