Man says he thought stolen coat was a gift
A MAN caught wearing a stolen jacket in a shopping centre thought a woman he was there with had given it to him as a present.
Constantin Asimionesei (25) had tried on the jacket in the shop and when the woman came out afterwards and handed it to him, he did not know she had stolen it, a court heard.
Judge David McHugh adjourned finalisation of the case.
Asimionesei, a father-of-two of Scariff Hall, Waterville, Blanchardstown, admitted handling stolen property.
Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty told Blanchardstown District Court the accused was stopped wearing the €90 stolen jacket at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on September 5 last.
He had one previous theft conviction.
Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan told the court Asimionesei had been in the company of a woman at the shop when he tried on the jacket in Burton’s, then took it off again.
They parted company, he left the store and she came back out and “presented him with the jacket,” Ms Brennan said.
“He believed it was a present from her,” Ms Brennan said.
The accused had just got a job outside the jurisdiction. Judge McHugh said he would finalise the penalty on a later date.