A CARLOW man who began committing offences days after his release from prison received a three-month prison sentence at Carlow District Court last week. The Carlow man pleaded guilty to public intoxication at Maryborough Street, Carlow on 17 March last. He also pleaded guilty to two thefts at Aldi, Hanover on 14 March last.
He entered pleas after gardaí indicated they would be objecting to bail.
The court was told that gardaí received a report that the defendant had entered the store and took a two-litre bottle of cider worth €3.79 at around 12.20pm. He had placed the item under his jumper and left without paying. He was identified by CCTV and arrested an hour later at 1.25pm. On the same day, he took a vodka mixer worth €1.79 from the same store.
Defending solicitor Brendan O’Flaherty said the value of the stolen goods was just €6.
Mr O’Flaherty said his client had recently served a four-month sentence. “He emerged from that sentence and within days got into trouble,” he said.
Mr O’Flaherty said his client still had the support of his mother, but he suffered from mental health difficulties. “He felt that the doctors in prison have not dealt with that and have not addressed his mental health difficulties.”
Judge Geraldine Carthy said her hands were tied on the matter. “What am I do? Prison did not work, so I don’t send him back there?”
Mr O’Flaherty understood that the court needed to protect society but suggested that a suspended sentence be left hanging over his client and that he link in with a support service.
Judge Carthy said the one thing she had not seen in the case was remorse. Mr O’Flaherty replied that his client was sorry for getting into trouble.
“This recidivism offending is causing difficulty to this premises and society at large,” said the judge. “My hands are tied; there is no remorse.”
Judge Carthy ruled as outlined.
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