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Sunday 25 August 2019

Young dad avoids conviction over charity collection scam

Shane Cawley had a doctored ID card, the court was told
Shane Cawley had a doctored ID card, the court was told

A father-of-three who ran a bogus charity collection in a supermarket car park has been left without a criminal record.

Shane Cawley (23), who set up a wooden table and had a doctored identity D card, was given the benefit of the Probation Act at Blanchardstown District Court.

Cawley, of Palmerstown Lodge, Kennelsfort Road Lower, Palmerstown, pleaded guilty to acting as a collector and holding an unauthorised collection.

It happened at the Lidl car park on Nangor Road, Clondalkin, last August 26.

The case was heard previously and came back before Judge David McHugh for a probation and restorative justice report.

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said the report was positive and Cawley had done everything the court had asked him to do.

Lunchbox

He also had €200 with him to donate to charity.

Judge McHugh left him without a conviction.

The court previously heard gardai came across the accused at 12.40pm, holding a collection at a wooden table with a plastic lunchbox containing money.

Gardai asked him what he was collecting for and he told them it was for the Irish Lung Foundation.

Asked if he had a licence, he produced an Irish Lung Foundation ID card, but it was "clear that it had been altered and doctored and was not valid", a garda said.

Cawley, who had no drink or drugs problem and no previous convictions, had been unemployed and staying in B&Bs.

"From a moral, never mind a legal perspective, it is absolutely appalling that someone would take advantage of the public in the name of a charity," Judge McHugh said.

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