The “scourge of traders” sentenced to 20 months in prison for theft of alcohol


A serial thief who a judge called a “scourge” of Finglas shopkeepers has been jailed for 20 months.

Sean Maloney (26) admitted robberies from supermarkets and convenience stores during his appearance in Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh said he understood the defendant’s life had been difficult but Maloney had been on a rampage which had been a blight on Finglas shopkeepers as well as An Garda’s working hours Siochana.

The defendant, with a previous address at Abbeylea Green in Swords, had his bail revoked last week after breaching his bail conditions to stay out of Finglas and Supervalu in Finglas.

He spent a week in police custody and when the case came before Judge McHugh this week, Maloney pleaded guilty to 20 counts of theft.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Maloney took four bottles of alcohol, worth €148, from Supervalu, Seamus Ennis Road in Finglas, on Tuesday last week.

He also took seven bottles of alcohol from Aldi at Finglas on November 20, 2021, as well as three bottles of vodka, worth €69, at Aldi on January 20, 2022.

The accused stole vodka worth €42, alcohol worth €34, vodka worth €20 and a drink worth €72 from Supervalu in Finglas on 4 June 2021, November 15, 2021, November 19, 2021 and January 17, 2022.

The court heard Maloney had 20 prior convictions, many of them for theft-related matters.

Defense attorney Kelly Breen said Maloney was a tragic figure whose parents died within days of each other three years ago.

His siblings were taken care of, but since he was over 18, he had to take care of himself.

She said the family home had been returned to the council and he had become homeless.

He developed a severe heroin addiction, often living in wild areas.

Maloney stole booze to fund her heroin addiction, she says.

Ms Breen said Maloney had spent periods in Father Peter McVerry’s homes, but his heroin addiction was significant and had not yet stabilized.

Imposing a 20-month sentence, Judge McHugh said he believed Maloney was at greatest risk of re-offending and should receive the highest standard of care and therapy from the probation service when he would be released.

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