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Thursday 19 January 2017

Woman ruined food after dropping pants in shop

Majella McCarthy ‘was not herself’ on the day of the offence
Majella McCarthy ‘was not herself’ on the day of the offence

A woman who dropped her pants in a convenience store and said she needed to go to the toilet was arrested after she then ruined 11 doughnuts by handling them.

Majella McCarthy (33) was told to leave the shop after she squatted on the floor before touching the goods on display.

She had recently left prison without accommodation and acted out of "frustration", a court heard. Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the payment of compensation.

McCarthy, with an address at South Richmond Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and causing criminal damage to the doughnuts.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Spar on Dame Street last July 10.

Gda Andrew Keane said McCarthy was seen in the shop with her pants down in a squatting position.

She told the manager she needed to go to the toilet, but was told it was broken and was asked to leave.

Welfare

She proceeded to touch food items that were on display, spoiling them, the officer said. The approximate value was €19.

Gda Keane arrested McCarthy under the Mental Health Act out of fear for her welfare and took her to Pearse Street Garda Station, where a doctor examined her and certified her as fit. She made no reply when charged.

The garda agreed with defence solicitor John Feaheny that his view at the time had been that the accused was suff- ering from some sort of mental difficulty.

Mr Feaheny said McCarthy had been released from prison the previous March and was promised accommodation but this never happened and she found herself on the street.

"It was borne out of frustration," he said. "She apologises for her behaviour. She certainly was not herself - she was in some sort of difficulty borne out of the conditions that she was living under."

The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned the case to a date next month. He said the accused should co-operate with the probation service and added that it "may be able to assist her".

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