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heroin addiction Man who grabbed €480 from till and ran from supermarket is jailed

Defendant was battling a heroin addiction and had built up a drug debt, a court heard.

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A DUBLIN man who put his hand into a supermarket till, grabbed some cash and ran away with more than €450 has been jailed for one month.

David Savage (29) was battling a heroin addiction and had built up a drug debt, a court heard.

Judge John Lindsay imposed a one-month sentence.

The defendant, with addresses at Navan Road, Dublin 7, and Belclare Way, Poppintree, Dublin 11, admitted stealing €480 in cash from Lidl in Ranelagh on April 21, 2020.

Dún Laoghaire District Court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed summary trial on the charge in the district court only.

After hearing an outline of the allegation, Judge Lindsay said he would accept jurisdiction of the matter.

Sergeant Dylan Brady told Dún Laoghaire court Savage went into the supermarket, picked up a bottle of beer and went to pay for it.

When the shop assistant opened the till, Savage grabbed €480 and ran from the supermarket, Sgt Brady said.

The court heard Savage had a number of previous convictions, and was jailed for four years earlier this week for theft-related offences.

Defence lawyer asked the judge not to add to Savage's current sentence, saying he was facing into a lengthy spell in prison.

The lawyer said Savage had racked up a drug debt and was trying to pay it off.

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