Wednesday 16 January 2019

Teen 'thought €25 food was free' in bar mix-up

THIS is the teenager who walked out of a Dublin pub without paying for food because he thought it was free.

Lee Murray (19) claimed that the incident was simply a "misunderstanding", Dublin District Court heard.

Judge John O'Neill applied the probation act leaving him without a conviction after Murray paid compensation of €25 to the pub.

The defendant, with an address at Sheepmore Lawn in Blanchardstown, obtained food and drink, valued at €24.60, at the Temple Bar public house on July 19 last, and he left the pub without paying for it.


A court sergeant said the incident was caught on CCTV cameras.

The court heard that Murray has one previous conviction.

Defence solicitor Michael French said Murray was drinking with a friend, and food arrived at their table.

He said neither Murray or his friend had ordered the food and there was some confusion about it.

Mr French said Murray thought that the food was complimentary and he ate it.

The solicitor said Murray accepts responsibility for his behaviour and had brought €25 to court to pay to the pub.

The court heard that the defendant is unemployed and on social welfare, and is due to start a FAS course shortly.

Judge O'Neill said he accepted there had been a misunderstanding and he applied the probation act.


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