Man prosecuted for reacting to shoplifting accusation

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district courtA LIMERICK man who became irate when he was accused of shoplifting despite having a receipt for the goods he purchased, has been ordered to pay €100 to the district court poor box for a breach of the peace.

Stuart McNamara (23) of Kileely, Limerick had purchased some items at Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on the Ennis Road.

Judge Marian O’Leary heard that the father-of-two, was with his girlfriend when security staff stopped him on suspicion of shoplifting.

Although Mr McNamara produced a receipt for the goods he purchased, Gardaí were called to the store.

When he protested his innocence, he became aggressive and was arrested and charged with a public order offence.

Pleading guilty to the charge, defence counsel Erin O’Hagan BL said her client has apologised for his reaction. He was a recovering addict and had made strident efforts over the last number of months to right his life. He was working well with regards to his children and was free from drugs for a considerable period.

Judge O’Leary ordered him to pay €100 to the court poor box adding that if he made the payment within three months, she would apply the probation act.