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Sunday 18 November 2018

Thief planned to sell cosmetics to pay gambling debt

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Sweeney has been battling a gambling addiction.
Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Sweeney has been battling a gambling addiction.

A young man turned to shoplifting in an attempt to pay off his mounting gambling debts, a court heard.

Martin Sweeney (22) planned to sell the cosmetics he stole, but he was caught red-handed by security staff as he left a south Dublin pharmacy.

Judge Anne Watkin ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to next January. The defendant, of The Laurels, Bluebell Avenue in Bluebell, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing cosmetics worth €267.

The shoplifting took place at McCabe's Pharmacy in Dundrum Town Centre in February.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said that Sweeney took a number of items, 10 in total, including razor blades and creams, but that he was stopped by security staff.

The items were recovered in a saleable condition and Sweeney made admissions at the scene.

Battling

The court heard that the defendant has 14 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Sweeney was living with his wife and her parents in Bluebell.

Ms Moloney said Sweeney has been battling a gambling addiction.

The lawyer said that Sweeney stole the cosmetics and he planned to sell them and help pay his gambling debts.

The court heard that the defendant was attending Gamblers Anonymous and was getting the help he needs.

Ms Moloney said Sweeney was working in a warehouse, having never had a job before.

The lawyer also said Sweeney has nothing else before the courts and he was willing to work with the Probation Service.

She also said that the defendant wished to apologise to the court for his behaviour.

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