’Kildare Village Outlet a magnet for shoplifters’ says judge

Man had detagging device

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’Kildare Village Outlet a magnet for shoplifters’ says judge

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A man who attempted to steal from an outlet in the Kildare Village retail centre has been jailed for seven months.

The sentence has since been appealed.

Martin Lawrence (22), 9 Greenfort Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 20, declined an option to do community service after he was convicted for having a detagging device at Hugo Boss at the Kildare Village Outlet on June 7 2016.

He was charged with that offence initially and also with failing to turn up for a court hearing on December 15 2016.

After hearing that Mr Lawrence had been found at the Outlet with detagging equipment and had been trying to take equipment, Judge Desmond Zaidan commented: “The Kildare Village Outlet seems to be a magnet for shop lifters.”

The Court was told that Mr Lawrence had one previous conviction under the Theft and Fraud Act, going back to 2013.

He had a number of other convictions under the road traffic act.

Mr Lawrence told Gardai he was trying to take a t-shirt.

Judge Zaidan asked that Mr Lawrence be assessed with a view to doing a community service order.

He had in mind two hundred hours.

Alternatively, he could jail him for seven months.

The Court was told by Sarah Connolly, BL, who was legally representing Mr Lawrence, that her client had a child on the way.

Judge Zaidan said he should be sending Mr Lawrence to prison.

Ms Connolly said that the 2013 offence took place when her client was under seventeen.

The case was briefly adjourned.

When it was mentioned again later in the day, Ms Connolly, said that Mr Lawrence was not consenting to do community service.