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Kevin Myers: Send thieves back to serve time in land they came from

Kevin Myers

Published 08/10/2010 | 05:00

Tesco should have its own system for dealing with shoplifters, declared a District Court judge this week. It should not expect the Irish taxpayer to foot the bill for the huge cost in bringing the people before the courts.

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The judge made these remarks while dealing with a Lithuanian, who pleaded guilty to stealing a €6.99 bottle of wine from a Tesco super- market in Galway, and who had already been jailed for a similar offence.

But in another court, a judge agreed that the Government should be alerted to the fact that prisoners were not serving their full term of sentences imposed upon them, after a Lithuanian pleaded guilty to stealing alcohol from another Galway supermarket.

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