A 24-year-old man facing sentence for persistent small scale shoplifting in Cork city was asked by the judge if he would undergo treatment for addiction difficulties and he replied: “I’ll do it for you, boy.”
Dylan Jackson of no fixed address appeared at Cork District Court where he pleaded guilty to a number of charges such as thefts of small items in Cork city.
Defence solicitor Michael Quinlan said of the minor offences on which Jackson appeared in court, “he has a heroin addiction and you can see from the thefts it is basically a cry for help. There was no violence in relation to the thefts. There was no great value in the items stolen. It is a cry for help.”
Judge John King asked: “But is he willing to take help?” Dylan Jackson said: “I want treatment, Judge. Jail ain't the answer for everyone – that’s all I can say.”
Judge King said he would give the young man bail and direct him to engage with the probation service. He has to sign on three times a week at Anglesea Street garda station.
“I will put it back for a month to ensure engagement. If there is not engagement I will proceed to sentence. Will you engage with the treatment services?” Judge King asked.
Jackson replied: “I’ll do it for you, boy.”