Judge Seamus Hughes
A man who walked out of a Longford chemist with over €1,000 worth of cosmetics was last week handed a cash fine by Judge Seamus Hughes over the incident.
Shane McDonnell, ℅ 34 College Park, Longford, was charged with a shoplifting offence at Cara Pharmacy, Main Street, Longford on December 15, 2017. Among the items stolen included perfumes, make up and a €600 brush set, €500 of which had been recovered.
Defence solicitor John Quinn said his client was amenable to allowing €200 of a cash bail sum to be transferred over to cover any outstanding compensation that was owed. That came after Sgt Paddy McGirl said approximately €513 of the items stolen had been retrieved.
Mr McDonnell, who was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, said he had not been in the best of health of late.
“A boil on my neck came up,” he said, in the midst of attempting to show the size of the growth to Judge Hughes.
Mr Quinn confirmed his client had been in St James’ Hospital in Dublin for most of the day 24 hours hours before last Tuesday’s sitting and had only got married two weeks ago.
“That’s the stresses of married life,” Judge Hughes sarcastically remarked.
It was also revealed Mr McDonnell, who had three previous convictions on his record, had been homeless for a period of time while being the father to two small children.
Judge Hughes signed off on the case by fining Mr McDonnell €125, giving him three months to pay.