A 23-year-old man who tried to break into a store to steal alcohol has been given the probation act having completed residential treatment for substance abuse.
Noel Moran (23), 46 Woodstown Heath, Knocklyon, Tallaght, Dublin, was charged with offences including burglary, possession of an article, and possession of a knife.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that on January 23 last year, the accused was seen at Dunnes Stores, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, attempting to break into the store.
Moran had an implement with him, which was the tube of a crutch which had been modified with a sharp blade attached to it.
Moran fled the scene, but was apprehended after a pursuit. He admitted trying to break into the store to get alcohol.
Defence, Ms Louise Troy said that at the time of the offence, her client had a very serious issue with substance abuse and had been homeless.
She said that he had since turned his life around having secured residential treatment, and was still attending a day care programme. He has also started a job within the last month, said Ms Troy.
Judge Catherine Staines congratulated the accused on having completed the residential course.
The judge applied the probation act, section 1.2