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Cider thief with drink “issue” returned to shop he robbed from

Supervalu Firhouse
Supervalu Firhouse

A SHOPLIFTER who stole an eight-pack of cider from a supermarket was caught when he returned days later and was recognised by staff. Darren Saul (39) had a “bit of an issue” with alcohol, a court heard.

Judge Grainne O’Neill gave him a three-month suspended sentence.

Saul, who lives in a hostel on James’s Street, Dublin 8 pleaded guilty to the theft at SuperValu, Firhouse, on February 14 last year. Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at 12.54pm.

Saul entered the shop, went into the off-licence section and took the cider then made to leave.

He was stopped by security but failed to hand over the goods and left.

On February 23, gardai on patrol had Saul pointed out by staff when he returned to the store.

The court was told Saul had 26 previous convictions for offences including theft.

He had been homeless for several years, said Declan Fahy, defending. “There’s a bit of an alcohol issue there,” he added.

Judge O’Neill read a letter from Crosscare which she said was “very positive” and suspended the sentence for a year.. Declan Fahy, defending.

“There’s a bit of an alcohol issue there,” he added.

Judge O’Neill read a letter from Crosscare which she said was “very positive” and suspended the sentence for a year.