Monday 21 May 2018

'Foolish' groom-to-be caught stealing cosmetics from shop

Thomas O’Donoghue was said to have acted out of character
Thomas O’Donoghue was said to have acted out of character

A young man who shoplifted cosmetics from a chemist has been told to make a charity donation to avoid a conviction.

Thomas O'Donoghue (23) took the goods in what was described as an out-of-character theft, months before he was due to be married.

Judge David McHugh told O'Donoghue he would leave him without a criminal record if he made a €100 payment to charity.

He adjourned the case after O'Donoghue, of Cloonmore Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to theft.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the accused went to Boots in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on August 12 last year and took the goods, worth a total of €201.

He passed all points of payment but was stopped by security and the cosmetics were recovered.


The accused was the youngest of 17 children, his solicitor Jeremy Ring said.

He got married eight months ago and had not come to the attention of gardai since the theft.

O'Donoghue was now working in security on a community employment scheme, Mr Ring said.

He was pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity and had not sought CCTV footage or any other disclosure by the prosecution. He apologised for the theft.

Judge McHugh asked Mr Ring if the theft was out of character for the defendant and what his motive was.

It had been "foolish" and he accepted that, Mr Ring said.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date in November for payment of €100 to Blanchardstown Hospice. If this is done, he said, he would dismiss the charge.

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