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Alleged €3 theft could cost state €10,000

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Alleged €3 theft could cost state €10,000


A District Court judge has questioned the logic of bringing two charges of theft against a Castlebar man after hearing that the total amount of the alleged goods stolen was approximately €3.
Michael Maughan of Moneen Campsite, Castlebar, was arrested at McHale Road on April 29 last, for the alleged theft of one can of Red Bull and one bottle of 7up from Cathal Duffy’s on the Ballinrobe Road, Castlebar, on the same date.
After hearing that the total amount of goods allegedly taken by Maughan amounted to approximately €3, Judge Devins questioned the logic of prosecuting for such a small amount of goods.
Judge Devins outlined that Maughan would qualify for legal aid and could take the matter to a higher court, possibly resulting in the state paying up to €10,000 in legal costs.
Supt Pat Diskin defended the decision to prosecute by saying that Castlebar shop owners were complaining to him about shoplifters. He added that gardaí have reduced the number of incidences of shoplifting and that there was a possibility of further charges against the accused.
Mr Maughan was remanded on bail to appear on June 4 for DPP directions and the possibility of further charges.