A MAN claims he was defamed after he was falsely accused of stealing a toy duck.
David Mongan (28), pictured, claims he was defamed by a security guard at Smyths Toy Superstore on the Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin, on November 27, 2007.
He says the security guard, Chris Kabile, asked him in a loud voice in front of other shoppers: "Where is the duck. I know you have it. I want to see it. Take it out. I'd like to see where the duck is and what have you done with it."
Mr Mongan, a married man of Owendoher Haven, Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, Dublin, has brought a High Court action seeking damages against Smyth's Toys, Smyth's Toy's Holdings, and Smyth's Toys properties Ltd, and security company Goldforce Ltd T/a Goldforce Security Management.
In an action before a jury and Mr Justice Eamon De Valera, Mr Mongan alleges that following the incident he suffered from depression, which became so bad that at one point he considered taking his own life.
The defendants have denied all the claims.
Under cross examination by Joe McGettigan, for the defendants, Mr Mongan denied the incident never happened. He also denied that all the security guard said to him was "stop playing with the duck", and that in reply, Mr Mongan said "do you think that I am going to rob it."
The hearing continues.