A man with 134 previous convictions and granted early release from an eight-year sentence was arrested within 24 hours for offences including the theft of two cans of deodorant.
Paddy O’Brien, aged 56, had been released from Mountjoy Prison on March 25 but was arrested in Kinsale, Co Cork, the following day in relation to two public order charges. It later emerged he had stolen a can of Nivea deodorant from a local Centra and a can of Lynx from a local Eurospar.
Garda Richard O’Sullivan told Bandon District Court that a report was received on March 26 of a man acting suspiciously near the Fishy Fishy restaurant in the town. Two reports were then received from two different shops regarding thefts. On visiting the stores, CCTV footage showed O’Brien taking the items.
Gardaí later found him and on approaching him found he was clearly intoxicated. He became abusive and was arrested and was later charged with the theft offences.
“It was his first day after being released,” Garda O’Sullivan told Judge James McNulty.
The court heard O’Brien, who has a relation in Kinsale, had been sentenced to eight years in 2015, with the last three years to be suspended. He was granted early release on March 25.
His solicitor, Ray Hennessy, said his client had a serious alcohol addiction and had been failed by the system, including a lack of support on his release from prison.
Mr Hennessy said his client had been promised accommodation at a local hostel in the town, only to be told on arrival that “there was no room at the inn”.
“He was given the dole and that was it.”
The court heard from gardaí that O’Brien had been offered some post-release support in Dublin but that he had said he did not want to stay in the capital and had not engaged.
Judge McNulty sentenced him to 60 days in prison for the public order offence and 60 days for the thefts from the different stores, the sentences to run concurrently.