Longford District Court: Refugee has no money to pay fines

Stole two bottles of wine from Tesco

Longford District Court: Refugee has no money to pay fines

A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act had his case struck out after it emerged that he did not have the money to pay a fine.

Mademba Samb (43), Room 205, Richmond Court, Richmond Street, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with stealing two bottles of wine from Tesco, Longford on June 15 last.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Padraig Jones said that on the date in question at approximately 10pm, gardaí were called to the store after it emerged that the defendant had taken two bottles of wine from the shelves and proceeded to pass all pay points.

The court heard that security staff then alerted gardaí to the situation.

The court was told, the bottles of wine were subsequently recovered.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor John Quinn said that his client was a refugee residing in the centre in Longford town.

“He is from Senegal and is living on €19 per week,” added Mr Quinn.

“He has been in Ireland for the last seven years and is at the refugee centre here in Longford town for the past six weeks.”

The court also heard that the defendant was divorced, had one daughter and that he also had no money.

During his deliberations on the matter Judge Hughes alluded to the fact that there was no point in fining the defendant because he simply did not have money to pay fines.

“This man has no money; what is the point in fining him,” added the Judge.

“He has no money to pay fines.”

The Judge subsequently struck the matter out.