25 May 2022

Man amassed theft convictions after suffering stroke

Man amassed theft convictions after suffering stroke

Portlaoise District Court

A plasterer’s theft convictions loosely coincide with a stroke he suffered back in 2016, a sitting of Portlaoise District Court was told. 

Mark Butler 48, of The Grove, Shannonvale,  Limerick admitted stealing from Tesco in Portlaoise on June 27, 2020. 

Sgt JJ Kirby said the man walked into the store at 1.30pm, selected six bottles of spirits with a total value of €314.97 and left without paying. He was followed by security and arrested and all the goods were recovered in a saleable condition, said Sgt Kirby. He said the defendant has 118 previous convictions. 

Solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client is a plasterer by trade. She said his convictions for theft began in 2016 subsequent to a stroke he suffered. She said a medical professional had indicated that her client “suffers with impulse control behaviour” as a result of the stroke. “He doesn’t have a recollection of the event happening,” she said. “His theft career would have begun subsequent to the stroke,” she added. 

Judge Patricia Cronin agreed that the thefts appeared to coincide with his stroke. She imposed a four month sentence and ordered it to run concurrent with a sentence he is currently serving.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.