Thief begs judge not to send him back to jail
A RECOVERING addict who stole bottles of perfume from a department store had "a slip" and was looking for money to buy drugs.
David Mannion (27) is clean again and does not want to go back to prison, his lawyer said.
Judge David McHugh ordered Mannion to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of six months in jail.
The defendant, of Huntstown Wood, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing two bottles of perfume worth €118 from Boots last June 5 .
The court heard Mannion has 54 previous convictions and spent time in prison when he was younger, but had not been in trouble for two years.
Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the defendant had a problem with prescription pills.
Mr Fleming said that when a person is a drug addict there is always the danger of them having "a slip", and this is what happened in this instance.
He said Mannion is doing well, is playing football and has matured significantly in the past few years.
Mr Fleming begged the judge not to send Mannion back to jail, saying he had "turned a corner" and put his drug problems behind him.
He also said Mannion has settled down with his partner and her three children and is trying to get a job.