Man planned to sell stolen sex toy to feed heroin habit
A man who stole a sex toy from an adult entertainment shop on Valentine's Day was hoping to sell it to feed his heroin addiction.
William Kavanagh (28) was "desperate" for money.
Judge Anthony Halpin sentenced him to nine months in prison, which he suspended for 18 months.
The defendant, of St Michan's House, Greek Street, Dublin, admitted before Dublin District Court to stealing two sex toys, worth €64, from Soho, Capel Street, last February 13.
Kavanagh returned to the shop the next day, which was Valentine's Day, and took a vibrator worth €44.
Gda Richard O'Donnell told the court that Kavanagh was identified as the culprit from CCTV footage.
Kavanagh also admitted a string of other thefts, including taking €72 worth of cosmetics from Penneys on Dublin's Mary Street last October 17, as well as three bottles of alcohol from Marks & Spencer last April 17 and washing power from Centra, North King Street, last August 4 and 8.
The defendant also took groceries worth €40 from Dealz on O'Connell Street last June 14, sunglasses worth €149 from the Ilac Centre last June 28 and €600 worth of photographic equipment from a car on Nov- ember 3, 2015.
The court heard that Kavanagh had more than 80 previous convictions, including a large number for theft-related matters.
Kavanagh's defence lawyer said his client's offending behaviour was largely "opportunistic" and he was stealing to feed a heroin habit.
The court heard the defendant left school at 16, shortly after his parents had separated.
It was around this time that he began taking drugs.
He also started hanging around with a peer group that was to have a negative effect on him.
The lawyer said the thefts had been the actions of a "desperate man" and one who was "looking for his next fix of heroin".
The court heard Kavanagh was now off heroin and realised he was at a "crossroads" in his life.