Man stole food as he was awaiting welfare benefits to be sorted

April 20, 2018

A man who stole a wrap, wedges and a hot drink from Tesco in Letterkenny because he was hungry, has been given the probation act.

Lee Byrne, from Meadowbank Park in Letterkenny appeared before the local district court charged with two counts of theft.

The court heard how Byrne had moved from Dublin to Donegal to start a new life.

Byrne was still awaiting his social welfare benefits to be sorted out when he committed the crimes.

He stole the food, valued at €8.41 from Tesco on March 8th.

On March 20th he was caught stealing again at Dunnes Stores.

Judge Paul Kelly asked the accused why he moved from Dublin to Donegal and he was told because the rent was cheaper.

His solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, said his client was trying to get his life back in order and that he was applying for courses in the music business for which he has a passion.

Judge Kelly applied the poration act.

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