A Portuguese man was stealing to order at shops in Cork city snatching champagne, brandy, whiskey and expensive perfumes.
Mario Cabal, 44, of Apartment 5, 1 Rockgrove Terrace, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, confessed to carrying out ten separate thefts yesterday.
Sergeant John Kelleher said Cabal had seven previous convictions for stealing.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “I have a duty to protect people who run shops from people like that.”
The judge estimated that the owners of the stolen property were at a loss of somewhere between €1,600 and €2,000.
He sentenced the accused to a total of eight months in prison.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said of the accused, “He was stealing to order at the time after getting himself into difficulties.” There was a domestic background to the defendant’s difficulties and he began drinking hard in response to the problems, Mr Burke said.
The solicitor said, “He also started taking hard drugs and fell into bad company.”
Mr Burke said that in fairness to Cabal, he had attended at rehabilitation and done very well. He has worked in a number of jobs in the area of IT and recently took on an educational course in cyber security, Mr Burke said.
Sergeant John Kelleher said that the bottles of alcohol were stolen from off-licences and supermarkets in Cork city centre.
In one premises he stole three bottles of champagne, to a value of €168. In another he grabbed four bottles of whiskey and two of brandy and left without paying for them. The loss that time was €292. And in yet another off-licence shoplifting he stole five bottles of brandy worth €312. In a pharmacy he stole €229 worth of perfume.