Men with history of addiction stole chocolate and deodorant from store

Men with history of addiction stole chocolate and deodorant from store
TWO men with a history of addiction stole bars of chocolate and cans of deodorant in a village supermarket, a court has heard.

TWO men with a history of addiction stole bars of chocolate and cans of deodorant in a village supermarket, a court has heard.

Joseph Culhane, 45, of Avondale CT, Tipperary Town and George O’Neill, 36, of St Michael’s Avenue, Tipperary Town, were both before Kilmallock Court charged with theft at Moore’s Supermarket, Main Street, Hospital on March 3 last.

Inspector Paul Reidy told the court that on the date in question two men were observed acting suspiciously in Moore’s shop on Main Street, Hospital.

The court heard that Joseph Culhane put items – bars of chocolate – inside his clothing and left the shop.

The court heard that on a previous date in court Culhane gave the gardai a euro for the chocolate.

The court heard that on being confronted in the shop, George O’Neill placed the items he had taken - two cans of deodorant - back on the shelf.

“They were identified through CCTV,” said Inspector Reidy.

“The assorted items had a total value of €30.”

The court heard that Culhane had four previous convictions for offences including driving without an NCT.

O’Neill, the court heard, had convictions including intoxication in a public place, engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a public place, and assault.

Solicitor for Culhane, Colin Morrissey, said that on the date in question, O’Neill had accompanied Culhane to purchase a second hand car in Bruff.

Mr Morrissey said that they stopped en route at the shop in Hospital.

He said that Culhane had two bars on chocolate in his possession.

“He furnished €1 to the gardai in relation to payment,” said Mr Morrissey.

“Mr Culhane also called to the shop to apologise to the owners for his behaviour,” added Mr Morrissey.

Mr Morrissey said his client who is unemployed remarked that he didn’t know what he was thinking on the day in question.

“It was foolhardiness on his part. He wouldn’t have a history of this kind of behaviour,” said Mr Morrissey who added that his client also has a long history of addiction for which he has received treatment.

The court heard that George O’Neill is in receipt of disability allowance for a back injury.

Mr Morrissey said that O’Neill had “very little recollection” of the date in question and pointed out that he did return the items when the shop keeper approached him.

“He tells me he is clean at the moment but at the time he was under an addiction to heroin,” said Mr Morrissey.

“He would have been in and out of treatment for a number of years. He tells me he is on the straight and narrow. He apologises for his actions. He put the items into his coat, when approached, he did give them back.”

Judge Mary Larkin said that “people of this age and maturity shouldn’t be involved in upsetting shopkeepers going about their business”.

Judge Larkin imposed a fine of €100 on each of the defendants.