Limerick man jailed for stealing legs of lamb

John Hayes admitted stealing four legs of lamb

John Hayes admitted stealing four legs of lamb


A Limerick man who stole four legs of lamb from a busy supermarket was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment.

John Hayes, aged 41, of Hartigan Villas, Moyross admitted stealing the meat, which was worth €96, from Eurospar, Watch House Cross on June 14, last.

At Limerick Court, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told that last November the father-of-four received a suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to a number of theft offences on dates during a single week in August of last year.

Hayes, who has than 180 previous convictions, stole six -shirts, worth €53.70, from the Seduzca store on William Street on August 14, last.

Two days later he stole 20 t-shirts, worth €250, from the Diesel clothing store on Bedford Row while on August 19 he stole 13 t-shirts, worth €260, from the same store.

On August 17, last Hayes entered the Lifestyle Sports store on William Street where he stole six Adidas tracksuits, worth €194.

Most of the property was recovered and after hearing submissions by solicitor John Devanes Judge Eugene O’Kelly imposed an eight month prison sentence, which he suspended on condition the father-of-four did not re-offend.

However, that sentence was activated after Hayes pleaded guilty to stealing the legs of lamb, which were not recovered.

Judge O’Kelly imposed a three month prison sentence, which he ordered should be served consecutively to the suspended sentence, which he activated.

He did not activate a four month suspended sentence, which was imposed in relation to separate theft offences.


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