Continuing bail for shoplifter with 84 previous convictions
By Brendan Grehan
A SHOPLIFTER with 26 previous convictions for theft was remanded for a community service report by Tallaght Court. Stephen Byrne also has 32 convictions for burglary.
Byrne, aged 41, with an address at Kilmartin Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to stealing clothing from Penneys, Rathfarnham Shopping Centre on October 3, 2015.
Garda Patrick Tarrant told Judge William Hamill that on the above date, Byrne was observed entering Penneys and selecting clothing which he concealed on his person.
He said Byrne left without paying for the items and was stopped by security. In response to Judge Hamill, Garda Tarrant said the property had been recovered in a saleable condition.
He said Byrne had 84 previous convictions including 26 for theft and 32 for burglary.
Garda Tarrant said Byrne had received a 10 month sentence from Naas Court on July 10, 2014 for theft. He said Byrne had received a two-year sentence for burglary, suspended for one year from Dublin Circuit Court on November 26, 2014.
Byrne’s solicitor, Michael Hennessy, said his client was putting his hands up. He said Byrne gets a bi-monthly depot injection for a medical condition and and also had a heroin problem in the past.
Judge Hamill remanded Byrne on continuing bail to a date at the end of January for a community service report of 140 hours with one months jail in default.