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Friday 20 October 2017

PhD student admits to shoplifting at Grafton Street store

A PHD student in genetics could not explain why she shoplifted from a Dublin supermarket, a court heard.

Tahmineh Bozchaloo (26) stole €150 worth of goods from Marks & Spencer while studying here on a grant from Science Foundation Ireland.

The Iranian national, who already had a BSc in microbiology from her home country, had the charge against her dismissed under the Probation Act after she pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court.

Bozchaloo, with an address at Pearse Street, admitted a charge of theft in the incident on Grafton Street on August 23 this year.



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Her lawyer told the court she had got her grant to study here on foot of a high grade she received in her degree in Iran.

"She has no explanation for what happened," her lawyer said. "She was very remorseful and contrite and very forthcoming about what happened."

The court heard she had no previous convictions of any kind and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

She co-operated with the gardai and the stolen property was recovered and returned to the shop.

Judge Brian Sheridan warned the accused that if she offended again, it would be noted that she had already been given the benefit of the Probation Act.

aphelan@herald.ie

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