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theft charges Man stole €1,000 of meat to feed his drugs habit


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A SHOPLIFTER who stole more than €1,000 worth of meat to fund a drugs habit had only started getting into trouble in his 30s, when he found his best friend dead, his lawyer claimed.

Padraig Kelly (44) admitted a series of theft charges.

Judge Gerard Jones said he would jail him for four months but adjourned the case to give Kelly time to "get his affairs in order."

Kelly, a plasterer with an address at St Mark's Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to theft.

Blanchardstown District Court heard Kelly stole meat at Aldi, Fonthill Road, Clondalkin and Old Lucan Road on dates in August 2018 and February this year.

He also took a set of earphones valued at €112 at Tesco Liffey Valley August 2018.

Kelly had 39 previous convictions but had only got into trouble in the last six to seven years, his defence said.

He started taking drugs and "offended to feed his habit".

Before this, Kelly was a "hard-working individual," he said.

He asked the judge to give Kelly "a couple of weeks to get his affairs in order."

The judge adjourned the case to next month, but said: "I won't be changing my mind."

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