Broke dad shoplifted clothes worth nearly €300 for his kids
A cash-strapped father-of-four shoplifted nearly €300 worth of clothes for his children because he could not afford to buy any, a court has heard.
Alberts Nabokovs (40) was arrested after security caught him trying to leave a west Dublin store with the goods.
Nabokovs, of South Circular Road, pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court. He was fined €150.
The court heard gardai were called to a reported theft at Marks & Spencer in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre last October 26.
They were taken into a back room, where the accused and a woman were being detained. The accused gave his name and address.
Security said Nabokovs had put €286 worth of clothing into bags and passed all points of payment.
He was arrested and taken to Lucan Garda Station, where he was charged.
Nabokovs had no previous convictions and the goods were recovered intact, the court heard.
The accused was from Latvia and had been living in Ireland with his partner for the past three years, his lawyer said.
He was not working, was in receipt of €190 per week and could not afford to buy clothing for his children, the lawyer added.
Judge Paula Murphy told Nabokovs to make a donation of €100 to the Society of St Vincent De Paul if he wanted to avoid a fine and conviction.
She said if he did this, she would dismiss the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act, leaving the accused without a recorded conviction.
However, the money was not paid and she instead fined him.
The charge was under Section Four of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.