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probation report Shoplifter was depressed and having a 'bad time on drugs', court hears

Defendent was very ashamed of his behaviour, court told


Maurice Walsh

Maurice Walsh

Maurice Walsh

A SHOPLIFTER who stole a computer tablet was suffering from depression and on drugs when it happened, a court heard.

Maurice Walsh (31) was very ashamed of his behaviour, he had told his mother about what he had done and she was very upset.

Judge Cephas Power ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to September, when Walsh is due to bring compensation to court.

The defendant, of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, admitted stealing a Samsung tablet, valued at €529, from Curry's PC World, Airside Retail Park on October 18, 2020.

Garda Kevin Barry told Swords District Court that Walsh picked up the tablet and walked out without paying for it.

The tablet was not recovered, and Walsh was later identified from CCTV as the culprit.

The court heard Walsh had four previous convictions, though none for theft.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said Walsh was having a bad time on drugs at the time of the offence, and was embarrassed about his behaviour.

Walsh had struggled to cope with grief following the death of his father, and this had exacerbated his drug problem.

Ms Kealy said the defendant's mother was in a hospice, and he visited her every day.

He had told her about this offence, and she was really upset about what he had done.

Ms Kealy said Walsh was now eight months clean.

He had co-operated fully with gardaí and was willing to pay compensation, if he was given some time.

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