A Ballina man who appeared before Ballina District Court last Tuesday took part in ‘a totally heedless and stupid’ theft, his solicitor told the court.
On November 25 last, Thomas Conroy of 59, St Patrick’s Estate, Ballina drank 20 bottles of Budweiser before going into Lidl in the town at 5pm, taking two cordless drills and walking straight out the door.
“There was no way he wasn’t going to be spotted,” said defending solicitor John Gordon, adding that as soon as he was approached by the store manager, he dropped the drills and apologised.
He added that his client has serious alcohol problems. The court heard that Conroy had gone to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for three days to detox and is now sober. The court also heard that Conroy has previous convictions for public order, theft and driving license offences.
Judge Denis McLoughlin adjourned the matter until July 10 for a Probation Report. He said he was not thinking in terms of a prison sentence but would be ‘led’ by the Probation Services in terms of what they think might be ‘appropriate’ in terms of dealing with his alcohol problems.