A probation report has been ordered on a Portarlington man who “forgot” to pay for a packet of biscuits.
Paul Curley, 5 Wellington House, Port, was charged with theft from a shop on the Dublin Road, Portlaoise, on March 18 this year.
He had 30 previous convictions, for thefts, robbery, the possession of knives, and public order offences.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen explained that Curley had been a day patient in the hospital and he went across the road to the shop to get biscuits.
“He absentmindedly forgot to pay for them,” said Mr Breen. “This was stupidity at its highest.”
Remarking that at 29, Curley was “a bit old for this kind of behaviour,” Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to June 12 for probation and community service reports.