A MAN with 62 previous convictions, who stole several items because the family was stretched for money received an eight month prison sentence at Portlaoise District Court, last week.
Charlie Ward, 7 Parnell Crescent, Portlaoise, was charged with stealing an iPod Touch, worth €199, from Tesco’s, Portlaoise, on April 1. When challenged, he handed the iPod back.
He also left Shaws, Portlaoise with a pair of jeans, valued at €80 on April 5. When searched by Garda, he was also found in possession of cannabis resin and €10 of methodone.
On March 3, he stole a tracksuit from Lifestyle Sports worth €62 and items valued at €12 from Boots.
The court heard that Ward was currently serving a four month sentence for no insurance since March of this year.
Defence for Ward claimed that he did not own the methodone and that it was his brother’s, who had been wearing the jacket before him. He admitted that his client was an “intermittent user” of cannabis.
Mr Ward’s defence said the 28-year-old, who was married with three children, was long term unemplyoed.
He said some of the property was recovered, except in two cases, and given time Ward would be able to offer compensation. He said Ward was concerned at going to prison because he would not like to be absent for too long from the family home.
On the charge of theft from Lifestyle Sports, Judge Catherine Staines imposed an eight month sentence and took the other charges into consideration.