Serial thief missed court appearance to go shoplifting
A serial thief who went shoplifting instead of attending court to face theft charges has been jailed for 10 months.
Derek Jervis (36) committed three thefts in a single month after he relapsed on to heroin.
Judge David McHugh told Blanchardstown District Court that Jervis' offending was so prolific that he had no option but to send him to jail.
The judge imposed a four- month sentence and refused to suspend any part of it.
Jervis, of Crannoge Road, Ballymun, admitted three counts of theft and one of failing to appear in court.
Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan said Jervis stole clothing worth €304 from Dunnes Stores in the Charlestown Shopping Centre, Ballymun, last April 26.
The sergeant said the clothing was not recovered.
Jervis returned to the same shop two days later and stole €370 worth of clothing.
He was apprehended and subsequently charged with both thefts.
Sgt Callaghan said Jervis was bailed to appear before Blanchardstown court on May 19, but failed to turn up.
Instead, he went to Boots in Blanchardstown where he hid €394 worth of aftershave on his person.
He walked out of the shop without paying for the items, but was stopped by security and the property was recovered.
Jervis had 81 previous convictions, including 40 for theft. He was last in trouble in 2016.
Defence solicitor Jennifer Jackson said Jervis has battled a chronic heroin addiction since he was 21.
She said he had been doing well, but relapsed on to drugs.
These offences all took place around the same time when Jervis was struggling with his addiction, she said.
He was now stabilised on methadone.
Ms Jackson said Jervis was "throwing himself at the mercy of the court" and asked the judge not to jail him, saying that "relatively speaking, he was doing quite well"