Chef who urinated on baby wipes in shop avoids prison
A chef from a leading Dublin hotel who destroyed €164 worth of baby wipes by urinating on them in a supermarket aisle has received a suspended sentence.
Abou Bacar Toure (32) was arrested for criminal damage after he urinated on the wipes, which had to be thrown out.
Judge John Cheatle gave him a two-month suspended sentence and put him on a probationary supervision bond after hearing he had a drink problem.
Toure, with an address at Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to offensive conduct by urinating on stock in a supermarket aisle.
He also admitted criminal damage and separate multiple counts of theft of bottles of wine.
Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to Dunnes Stores on Henry Street last August 16 to find that Toure had urinated on baby wipes on display in the shop.
He had two stolen bottles of wine worth €17 on him when store detectives stopped him.
He was arrested and taken to Store Street Garda Station.
The court heard on September 13 last year that Toure went to The George bar and stole an iPhone worth €400.
He returned 20 minutes later and was stopped by security, who called gardai.
Toure also went to Marks & Spencer on Mary Street three times and stole bottles of wine. He stole two bottles of wine on one day, August 20.
He returned the next day and was caught stealing another two bottles of wine. Gardai viewed CCTV and were satisfied he was the culprit.
The wine was recovered in the second theft but not in the first.
The accused is originally from Ivory Coast and had an Irish-born child with his partner, his solicitor Tony Collier said.
He had claimed asylum and was now working as a hotel chef in the south city centre.
Toure had applied himself well to his responsibilities and had been off alcohol for several years, but then drank again and "picked up these charges over a period of time", said Mr Collier.
He was not drinking now and was doing well, and did not commit offences when not drinking.
Judge Cheatle remarked that the accused was a hard-working man who had "succumbed to drink and had a theft spree".
He suspended the sentence for a year.