Man caught stealing Easter eggs for kids
A FATHER-of-three who was let go from his job shoplifted Easter eggs for his children from a supermarket.
Janusz Kuzma (32) was stopped leaving the shop with eight 'Kinder Surprise' eggs he had not paid for.
Kuzma, of Nangor Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to stealing the eggs worth €49.24.
Blanchardstown District Court heard the theft happened at Dunnes Stores, Mill Centre, Clondalkin on March 3 last.
The accused had three very young children and the eggs were "effectively taken for his family," his solicitor Fiona Brennan said.
His wife was in court to support him.
He was a very hard worker and had been in his most recent job for six years but lost it recently.
Ms Brennan asked Judge McHugh to consider leaving Kuzma without a criminal record.
She said his job involved going into businesses and private residences and a theft conviction could have an impact on his ability to work.
Judge McHugh struck the charge out after the defendant made a €50 contribution to the Blanchardstown Hospice.
He said he was taking this course of action given the nature of the case, the defendant's lack of prior convictions and because he "stole the property, which were Easter eggs for his children."