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CCTV footage Thief who stole a pair of work trousers turned to drugs after breaking his back and legs

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A THIEF who stole a pair of work trousers slipped into drug use after he broke his back and his two legs in an accident, a court heard.

Paul Hussey (45) sold the trousers as money was tight and the bills were mounting.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to January.

Hussey, of Forestwood Avenue in Ballymun, admitted stealing a pair of work trousers, worth €160, from Woodies, Airside Retail Park in Swords last May 26.

Garda Colm O'Brien told Swords District Court that Hussey was identified from CCTV footage. His home was searched by gardaí but the trousers were not recovered.

However, Hussey made full admissions about the theft.

The court heard the defendant had 27 previous convictions, including eight for theft-related matters.

Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said Hussey did not go to secondary school and ended up in a juvenile detention centre when he was 13 years old.

By age 14, he was using drugs and he later developed a problem with heroin.

Ms Kealy said Hussey had been doing well, but he had an accident where he broke his back and his two legs.

He was on pain medication and slipped back on drug use.

Money was tight at the time of this offence and he sold the trousers.

Ms Kealy said Hussey was now stabilised on methadone and wished to compensate the shop for the trousers.

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