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Cork man with 69 previous convictions caught stealing from Lidl spared jail after telling court of his charitable works




This week, Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a four month prison sentence on a Cork man with 69 previous convictions, reports the Irish Examiner. However, the judge went on to suspend the jail sentence handed down on condition the criminal keeps the peace for the next two years.

The Irish Examiner reports that John Paul Long, living in Blackpool, Cork City admitted to two counts of shoplifting. He stole €62 worth of candles from Lidl and separately stole €74 worth of undisclosed product from the Mr. Price store.

Long’s solicitor said his client had done a lot of work to raise money for for charities, including Cork Penny Dinners. The solicitor explained to the court that Long had also captained the Ireland soccer team in an international tournament in Portugal. Long has since paid back the money to the Lidl and Mr Price stores in Cork.

According to the Examiner, the Judge told the man that he’d end up in jail for four months should he commit any further offence within the next two years.

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