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Maurice Flynn of Rathbraughan admitted taking chocolate bars and DVDs valued at €74.50 from Heaton's, Castle Street, on November 10, and taking books and the teddy bear, valued at €99, from Easons on O'Connell Street on the same date.
Defending solicitor Mark Mullaney said that Flynn was going to meet his children and was anxious, as any father would be, that he would be able to give them presents as Christmas was approaching.
Judge Kevin Kilrane was informed that Flynn had previous convictions and had been given a four month suspended sentence for theft in October 2008. He had also been fined €100 in October 2010 for an offense in August of that year, €200 in March last for a similar offense in December 2010.
While Kilrane said he had a certain sympathy for Flynn given the circumstances outlined, he added that he had been given a lot of chances in the past and warned the defendant that "this type of larceny is going to have to stop."
He imposed a two month prison sentence on Flynn, suspended for two years on condition that he not be convicted of an indictable offence within that period.
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