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Monday 19 August 2019

Man got 'refund' for clothes off shelf in shop con

Niall McDermott was fined €400 for deception and theft
Niall McDermott was fined €400 for deception and theft

A father-of-three deceived shop staff into giving him a cash 'refund' for clothes on a receipt, even though he had picked up the goods from a shelf only minutes earlier.

Niall McDermott (41) was caught when he went on to steal more clothes on his way out of the store.

Fined

A court heard he was "going through a difficult time with alcohol".

Judge Gerard Jones fined him €400.

McDermott, of Lealand Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to dishonestly by deception inducing a shop assistant to exchange the goods for cash. He also admitted theft of the other clothes.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at Penneys, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, last May 23.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said the accused went to the shop with a receipt for items that were bought previously.

He picked up a number of the same items that were on the receipt, went up to the returns desk and was handed €29 in cash.

As he left, he picked up more items, worth €59, and passed all points of payment without paying for them.

He was stopped and all the goods were recovered.

McDermott had been going through a difficult time with alcohol when he carried out the offences, his solicitor Valerie Buckley said.

He was now getting help for his problem.

Ms Buckley asked the judge to take account of the accused's early plea, which he had entered because he did not want to waste any more of the garda's time.

The accused had no previous theft convictions.

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