Man who couldn't pay for €60 restaurant meal and was caught shoplifting twice in Cork city supermarket jailed

Man who couldn't pay for €60 restaurant meal and was caught shoplifting twice in Cork city supermarket jailed
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A 42-year-old man had a meal with drink at the Cornstore restaurant last Christmas but then walked out without paying his €60 bill.

John Boland did not have the money to pay for what he had consumed at the premises on Cornmarket Street on December 13 last, Sergeant Gearóid Davis said.

Now at Cork District Court, Judge Olann Kelleher has sentenced him to six months in jail for this and other crimes.

Sgt. Davis said the accused was highly intoxicated by the time he left the restaurant.

More recently he was caught shoplifting twice at the same supermarket last month, namely the Supervalu in Togher.

Boland pleaded guilty to making off without payment for goods and service at the restaurant and two counts of theft at the supermarket.

Sgt. Davis said the defendant had some previous convictions for similar offences.

Originally from Athlone, County Westmeath, the defendant has been living in Cork for the past ten years, defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer said.

The solicitor said the accused had a relatively good work record in construction but injured his hand last year which rendered him unable to work.

When not working he falls back on a drink problem, Mr Buttimer said.

“As he says himself he has to man up in relation to his life and address his problems properly,” the solicitor said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he knew the accused from previous court appearances. He imposed a total sentence of six months in respect of all matters.

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