118 convictions mostly involving alcohol ‘speak for themselves’ says Limerick solicitor

Judge Carol Ann Coolican.

THE CRIMES of a man who stole more than €500 worth of beer and vodka in five separate thefts “speak for themselves”, his solicitor told a Limerick court.

Admitting the thefts before Limerick District Court was Mohamed Said Abdirahman, of no fixed abode, who, the court heard, has 118 previous convictions.

Judge Carol Ann Coolican was told that the accused man had stolen various quantities of alcohol from supermarkets and shops around the city in a spree which ran over two months earlier this year.

The thefts ranged from taking a six-pack of beer to one offence in which he stole five bottles of vodka and an amount of beer to the value of €233.

Mr Abdirahman also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the door of Hanratty House to the value of €100.

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His solicitor told the court that the crimes, to which his client had pleaded guilty, all happened over the period between April and May of this year and all involved alcohol which, he said, “speaks for itself”.

He said the accused wished to apologise for the stealing.

“Sober he is a very different person,” the solicitor said.

Hearing that the property was not recovered in most of the cases before the court, Judge Coolican sentenced him to a total of eight weeks in jail on the various charges