'Frazzled' trainee teacher had wrong receipt for shop refund
A TRAINEE teacher who handed in the wrong receipt at a shop to get a refund on a bottle of perfume has admitted a charge of deception.
Diarmuid Lucey (29) was "frazzled" at the time he committed the offence in a city centre department store.
Judge John Cheatle adjourned the case and said he would strike the charge out, leaving Lucey without a conviction, if he made a €250 charity donation.
The accused, with an address at Clonturk Park, Drumcondra, pleaded guilty to deception at Debenhams on Henry Street.
Dublin District Court heard he tried to get a refund on an €83 bottle of perfume using an invalid till receipt. He had no previous convictions.
The court heard that the day before the incident, the accused's father had been diagnosed with cancer.
On the day itself, he was "quite stressed and flustered" and produced an incorrect receipt for an item he had bought recently, his solicitor said.
The accused had graduated from college and would be subject to vetting in his work, the lawyer said.
She asked the judge to leave him without convictions.
Lucey had numerous references in court and had undertaken several charity cycling events.
He was of "impeccable character" and embarrassed to be in court.
Debenhams was not at any financial loss as a result of what happened, his lawyer added.
The judge remanded him on continuing bail.