A man who stole eight cans of beer was given the benefit of the Probation Act after a friend of his paid €20 compensation into court.
At the local district court last week the 32-year-old Portlaoise man was charged with theft from SuperValu, Lyster Square, Portlaoise on 17 June last.
The case had previously been adjourned for the state to determine whether the matter could be dealt with by way of an adult caution instead. However when the case returned to court last week, Garda Sergeant JJ Kirby said that the defendant was not suitable for a caution as he had other matters pending before the courts.
Sgt Kirby said that the property stolen on 17 June was not recovered.
He informed the court that the defendant also had previous convictions for road traffic offences.
Judge Catherine Staines asked had the accused €20 compensation in court, to which defence solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick replied that, as she had believed the case was being dealt with by way of a caution, her client did not have the money with him.
However, a gentleman who had accompanied the accused to court volunteered the money and the €20 was paid.
As the defendant had no previous convictions for theft and the compensation was paid, Judge Staines applied Section 1.1 of the Probation Act.
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