Man jailed for 3 months for stealing €20 of petrol

February 14, 2022

A man has been jailed for three months for failing to pay for €20 of diesel at a Letterkenny service station.

Derek Matha appeared at Letterkenny Dsitrict Court charged with theft today.

The court was told that on February 21st, 2020 at Applegreen Filling Station in Killylaston, the accused put €20 into his Toyota Avensis car.

He went into the shop and told staff he had no money but would return with the cash in a short time. He never did.

CCTV footage taken from the shop identified the 30 year old man.

His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher told the court his client had left his phone as a security, had not returned and was very apologetic for what had happened.

The court that Matha is currently serving a sentence for other offences.

Garda Sgt Gerard Dalton said the accused had a number of previous convictions.

Judge Deirdre Gearty said it was obvious the accused had no means to pay for the petrol and imposed a sentence of three months in jail but backdated it to December, 2020.