Sunday 26 January 2020

Man tried to steal whiskey when shop asked for ID

Judge John Hughes gave Liam Roet a one-month suspended sentence. (stock photo)
Judge John Hughes gave Liam Roet a one-month suspended sentence. (stock photo)

A young man tried to steal a bottle of whiskey in "frustration" when shop staff asked for identification to prove his age.

Liam Roet attempted to mask the "illogical" theft by hiding the bottle in his jacket while he bought croissants at the till.

Judge John Hughes gave him a one-month suspended sentence.

Roet (25), of O'Connell Gardens, Sandymount, pleaded guilty to theft.

Dublin District Court heard he went to Lidl on Cork Street in the south inner city on June 27 last year.

He took an €18.99 bottle of Irish whiskey from the shelf and put it in his jacket.

He then went to the till and bought croissants but did not pay for the whiskey, the court heard.

When staff went to stop him, he tried to flee and a struggle ensued, during which the bottle was smashed.


On the day in question, Roet had had a couple of drinks when he went into the shop to buy whiskey, his lawyer said.

There was "something of a disagreement" as staff were requiring ID from him.

He took exception to this because he had been to the shop before and had shown correct ID.

He did not have it on him, and when they would not sell him the whiskey to him he made a "foolish decision" to help himself.

The accused had worked in fishmongers and butchers.

His mother was in court to support him, his lawyer said.

He made a "very foolish mistake born out of frustration", said his lawyer.

Roet was co-operative with gardai when they arrive, "notwithstanding what occurred before".

Judge Hughes remarked on the "illogical nature" of the theft, but noted there was "an element of pre-meditation" in that "he tried to leave the shop and sought to mask himself as a paying customer by buying croissants".

The judge suspended the sentence for a year.

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