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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Teen stole aftershave and sweets for presents

A TEENAGER who stole items from shops to give to members of his family as presents had his case struck out after he made a €100 payment to the court.

Torres Tessa (19) stole aftershave from Mr Price at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and when he left the store, gardai were notified.

"The defendant was stopped a short time later and arrested," said Garda Mark Quill. "He was also found to be in possession of other stolen items to the value of €87.48".

Tessa of Park Boulevard, Tyrrellstown in Dublin 15 pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to the theft of aftershave valued at €3.92 from Mr Price on November 13 last year.

He further pleaded guilty to handling stolen property including sweets and jewellery to the value of €87.48 on the same date. Tessa has no previous convictions and has not come to attention since.

His Tessa's solicitor explained that the 19-year-old moved to Ireland in 2011 and is currently studying for his Leaving Certificate.

"He took the items to give them as presents to his family," the solicitor said, adding that the teenager has applied to Carlow IT to study Aircraft Systems Engineering.

Judge David McHugh said he would give him the benefit of the doubt and struck the case out after Tessa paid €100 to the court.

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