Dublin man stole socks and underwear from Tesco
A man who stole socks and underwear worth €57 from a supermarket has been given a suspended three-month jail sentence.
The man, who was homeless at the time, paid for food at the checkout in Tesco but hid the stolen items in a bag he was carrying.
Gerard Kenny (45), of Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, admitted theft when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.
Gda Paul Maxwell told Judge David McHugh that Kenny entered the supermarket in Hillcrest, Lucan, at 10pm last May 29.
After placing the socks and underwear in a bag he was carrying, he selected a number of food items and paid for them at the checkout.
When he left the store, there was a brief chase before he was detained by security staff.
Kenny has 34 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic offences and one for larceny.
Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Kenny was homeless when he committed the theft.
"The underwear and socks were for his own use," he said.
Gda Maxwell agreed with Mr Hanahoe that the stolen items were recovered and were resalable. The judge suspended the three-month sentence for a year.