A Slovakian national who used his six-year-old son to steal flowers for Valentine’s Day has been given community service.
Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Milan Sidilka, 74 Carmody Way, Fairgreen, Portlaoise.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Sidilka entered Tesco’s, Portlaoise, on February 15, and took a gift set of flowers from the top shelf. Sidilka’s six-year-old son was used to take the item down and hand it to him.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted the involvement of the young boy was an aggravating factor.
Ms Fitzpatrick explained that Sidilka had already bought two bunches of flowers, but needed a third.
“Three Valentines?” remarked a sceptical Judge Catherine Staines.
Defence replied that the flowers had been for his wife, mother and sister.
“It won’t occur again,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.
“The most serious issue is the example he’s given the six-year-old child,” declared Judge Staines, imposing 100 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison. The matter has gone back to April 3.