Technician stole display tap to check its size
A MAN stole a display kitchen tap as he needed to compare its size to see if it fitted a part he required for his own kitchen, a court has heard.
Tomas Orszagh (30) went into Woodies in Blanchardstown Retail Park and purchased another item before walking out of the shop with the stolen item in his possession.
Orszagh, of Finnvale, Finnstown in Lucan, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to stealing an Ital Pepper Chrome tap worth €154.99 on December 20 last.
He also pleaded guilty to causing damage to a Quarter chrome tap worth €84.99 at the same premises on the same day.
Garda Conor Leen gave evidence that he was called to the premises after security observed Orszagh take the tap.
He said the defendant forcefully removed the tap from the display model and did not show staff at the counter when he paid for the other item.
Orszagh, who works as a service technician, "foolishly" took the part to use it to compare it for size, the solicitor said.
Judge David McHugh said that in his view he did not believe that it was an innocent mistake.
"I am satisfied there was premeditation. It was not an innocent matter nor was there any misunderstanding involved," said Judge McHugh.
He refused to accept an offer of €250 payment for the item and convicted and fined Orszagh €100.