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Thursday 13 December 2018

Thief bought fast food, petrol with stolen ATM card

Mark Hurter, of Boroimhe Maples, Swords, admitted a number of counts of theft. (stock picture)
Mark Hurter, of Boroimhe Maples, Swords, admitted a number of counts of theft. (stock picture)

A Dublin man used the tap-and-go system on a stolen bank card to buy food, petrol and clothing.

Mark Hurter (37) was battling a long-standing drug addiction at the time of the thefts, Swords District Court was told.

Judge Cormac Dunne fined him €900.

Hurter, of Boroimhe Maples, Swords, admitted a number of counts of theft.

Gda Laura Mahon said a woman visited Swords Garda Station last September 3 to complain that her stolen bank card had been used at a number of locations.

Gda Mahon said Hurter used the card to buy meals worth €18.50 at the McDonald's restaurant on the Airside Retail Park last July 2. He also bought petrol worth €29 at Topaz last June 13.

Convictions

Two weeks later, Hurter again used the card, this time at Penneys in Swords.

On that occasion, he bought clothing to the value of €29.

Gda Mahon said that on each occasion, Hurter used the bank card's tap-and-go system. The total value of stolen goods was €166.

The court heard the defendant had two previous convictions, both for drug-related matters.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Hurter had battled a long-standing drug addiction, and this was behind the thefts.

Ms D'Arcy said Hurter and his partner had both been in the throes of addictions but had changed their lives around and he had been clean for some time.

The court heard Hurter had been attending the Cuan Mhuire addiction treatment centre since last September.

He had completed workshops in addiction counselling and relapse prevention.

Ms D'Arcy said Hurter wished to apologise for his behaviour.

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