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Friday 9 December 2016

Shoplifter has only 'hazy memory' of taking beer

Blanchardstown

Theft of €16 worth of beer cost James Murnane a €100 fine
Theft of €16 worth of beer cost James Murnane a €100 fine

A shoplifter who walked out of a store with a crate of beer has only a hazy recollection of the incident, a court heard.

Sgt Mary Doherty said James Murnane picked up a crate of beer and walked out of the shop.

The court heard Murnane has 43 previous convictions, though none for theft-related offences.

In relation to this incident, Ddefence solicitor Kelly Breen told the court that the defendant has a "hazy recollection, a poor recollection" of what happened.

Murnane (26) is battling an alcohol problem, the court was told.

Breen said that Murnane, with an address at Hazelcroft Road, Finglas, has a difficulty with alcohol, and the beer was stolen for his own use.

She said he now realises he has a problem with alcohol and has enrolled with the Finglas Addiction Support Team (FAST).

Ms Breen added that Murnane is working with FAST and is trying to "keep on the straight and narrow" and stay off drink.

Stealing

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a crate of beer worth €16.

The crime took place at Tesco Express, Ballygall Road, Finglas, last July 31.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Murnane €100 and ordered him to continue his treatment for alcohol issues.

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