Six-month sentence for dad who shoplifted game
A FATHER-of-one who shoplifted a computer game while on a suspended sentence has been jailed for six months.
Derek Jervis (32) had already had a sentence suspended for a trespassing offence when he stole the game from a north Dublin department store.
He had the existing six-month jail term activated and was given another concurrent one-month sentence for the theft.
Jervis, with an address at Crannoge Road, Ballymun, admitted stealing two computer games worth €39 at Heaton's, Charelstown Shopping Centre on February 26 last.
The suspended sentence was for trespassing at Cedarwood Grove, Finglas on September 19, 2012.
Blanchardstown District Court heard he had 67 previous convictions for offences including theft and possession of drugs.
The six-month jail term had been suspended for two years in October last year.
The accused was single and had left school at the age of 12 without being able to read or write, his solicitor John O'Doherty said. He had had a drug problem for the last 10 years.
The accused had battled with his drug problem over the years and had been in rehab but it had "caught up with him", Mr O'Doherty said.
Sentencing him, Judge David McHugh said it was the most lenient he could be in the circumstances.