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Crime of fashion Shoplifter who stole €490 sweater under pressure to repay debt to 'certain people'

Adam O'Neill (24) stole the designer garment after placing it under his jacket in the changing rooms at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street

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Adam O’Neill pleaded guilty to theft of Givenchy sweater

Adam O’Neill pleaded guilty to theft of Givenchy sweater

Adam O’Neill pleaded guilty to theft of Givenchy sweater

A shoplifter who stole a €490 designer sweater was under pressure to repay a debt to "certain people" at the time, a court has heard.

Adam O'Neill (24) took the garment after placing it under his jacket in the changing rooms at a city centre store.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €500.

O'Neill, of Silloge Park, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to theft on January 12, 2020.

Dublin District Court heard the accused went to Brown Thomas on Grafton Street at 12.30pm on the day and selected a Givenchy sweater worth €490.

He entered the changing room, removed a tag and placed the item under his jacket before leaving without paying. He was stopped by security, escorted into the store and gardaí were called.

O'Neill had been found with a de-tagger but the only charge he faced was for theft, the court heard.

He was a maintenance worker and at the time of the incident, he found himself homeless, owed a debt "to certain people" and came under pressure to pay it, his solicitor Daniel Cahalane said.

That debt had since been repaid in full and the accused was now in stable accommodation with his girlfriend and was working full time.

O'Neill had one previous conviction.

The accused was seeking to avoid a criminal conviction and was prepared to make a charity payment, Mr Cahalane said.

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The judge said the theft was too serious and instead fined and convicted the accused.

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