A MAN who stole a pot of noodles from a shop in front of five gardai must have been â€œoff his noodleâ€ if he thought he could get away with it, his solicitor told Limerick District Court.
Raymond Constable, 25, of Millstream Court, Ennis, County Clare, pleaded guilty to theft of the property - worth â‚¬3 - at the Topaz filling station on the Dock Road on December 12 last.
Insp Brendan McDonagh said the accused had been seen â€œstaggering aroundâ€ on the Dock Road at around 11.15pm and, as he was being arrested, a pot of noodles had fallen from his clothing.
Solicitor John Devane said that five members of An Garda Siochana had been standing close to Constable when he stole the goods. The service station was known as a place where gardai go to eat while on shift duty. Constable, who has 113 prior convictions, was somebody who continued to feel the physical effects of â€œa bad stabbingâ€ he received in Limerick city last year, Mr Devane said.
Judge Eugene Oâ€™Kelly said he was more concerned about Constableâ€™s drinking than what he had to eat and asked what steps he was taking to address it.
Mr Devane said he attended AA meetings at Ennis.
He appealed to the judge not to impose a jail sentence to give his client the â€œopportunity to use his noodle and stay out of troubleâ€.
The judge fined him â‚¬75 for theft. Separate public order offences were taken into consideration.