Sunday 20 January 2019

Nursing home worker shoplifted groceries

A NURSING home worker who shoplifted groceries for his family was under financial pressure at the time, a court heard.

Father-of-four Isaad El Hadi (45) was left without a conviction after Judge David McHugh struck a theft charge out at Blanchardstown District Court.

El Hadi, with an address at Burg An Ri Terrace, Lucan, pleaded guilty to stealing €71 worth of groceries at Dunnes Stores, Mill Centre, Clondalkin on June 28 last.

The charge is under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The court heard he went to the shop at 8.55am, selected the groceries and tried to leave without paying.

He was apprehended by security, the gardai were called and he was arrested. He had no previous convictions.

The defendant worked as a carer in a nursing home and was under severe financial pressure, his solicitor Valerie Buckley said.

She asked Judge McHugh to consider leaving the accused without a conviction, saying that garda vetting was required when he was applying for jobs.

A criminal record could affect his ability to get employment.

Ms Buckley asked the judge to take the defendant's early guilty plea into consideration.

She said El Hadi had €100 in court and was offering to give this to charity if the judge did not record a conviction.

Judge McHugh advised the defendant to give the money "to his children" and struck the charge out without any payment.


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