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06 Dec 2021

Jailed for wearing stolen sunglasses in Newbridge

Man before Naas District Court

Jailed for wearing stolen sunglasses in Newbridge

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A man found wearing a pair of stolen sunglasses was prosecuted at Naas District Court on February 12.

John Duffy, 23, with an address given at Belgard Square, Tallaght, also had €50 worth of heroin in his possession.

He was prosecuted for handling stolen property and possession of heroin on January 21 at Eyre Street, Newbridge.

Sgt Jim Kelly said the Calvin Klein sunglasses were believed to have been stolen earlier and the heroin was found when he was searched.

Sgt Kelly said the defendant has 25 previous convictions. Defending solicitor Brian Larkin said the defendant admitted the offence straight away and has apologised.

He said the defendant moved from Tallaght to Naas “because a number of people were after him” and took the glasses as a disguise.

Addressing Judge Desmond Zaidan directly, the defendant told the court that he is drug free.

The defendant is aged 23. The court was further told by Mr Larkin that he had been involved in a serious accident in 2017.

“If he’s wearing Calvin Klein shades he’s more likely to attract attention,” commented Judge Zaidan.

The defendant received a five-month term for the sunglasses offence as well a consecutive two-month term for possessing heroin.

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