Man jailed after diesel theft at Letterkenny service station

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A man who stole £20 worth of diesel from a Letterkenny petrol station has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Derek Matha, a 30-year-old whose address was Wheatfield Prison, Dublin, pleaded guilty to the offence.

Matha appeared in Letterkenny District Court via video link.

The court heard that on February 21, 2020, Matha put £20 worth of fuel in a black Toyota Avensis at the Applegreen petrol station in Killylastin, Letterkenny.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton said Matha walked into the store and told a clerk he had no cash on him but intended to return to pay. Matha left and didn’t come back.

Matha was identified using CCTV footage from the store.

Matha has several previous convictions and is currently serving a prison sentence.

Matha’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a 30-year-old estranged man.

“He left the scene and didn’t come back,” Mr Gallagher said. “A situation arose in his own house and it escaped him.”

Judge Deirdre Gearty said Matha had “much bigger fish to fry” and clearly had no way of paying for the fuel.

Matha was sentenced to three months in prison with a sentence backdated to December 2020.

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