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Saturday 14 December 2019

'Memory loss' man opened €6 box of chocolates and ate them

Cheyne Moran suffered a brain injury when he was 20
Cheyne Moran suffered a brain injury when he was 20

A man who opened a €6 box of chocolates and ate them in a city centre gift shop ended up in court charged with criminal damage.

Cheyne Moran (37) had no recollection of the incident as he had memory problems and "may have been under the influence of an intoxicant", a court heard.

Moran, with an address at a city centre hostel, pleaded guilty.

Judge Bernadette Owens dismissed the charge under the Probation Act, leaving him without a conviction.

Dublin District Court heard a garda was on patrol on Henry Street last January 16 when she was stopped by a staff member from Carrolls gift shop.

He told the officer the accused had entered the store and taken a €6 box of chocolates which he opened and ate.

Apologised

Moran was co-operative when he was arrested, the court heard. He had previous convictions for theft and other offences.

The defendant had apologised and had not come to the attention of gardai since the incident, his lawyer said.

Moran had no memory of what happened, the lawyer said, and although the damage was of a very low value, he took "full responsibility for it".

He suffered a brain injury when he was 20 and had memory problems arising from that.

He may also have been under the influence of an intoxicant at the time.

Moran, who had worked as a cabinet maker, had had issues with heroin since he was a teenager and was in ongoing rehabilitation.

His partner died 18 months ago, his lawyer added.

Moran had had a very difficult time after that, but he "pulled himself back" and was on methadone.

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