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Man guilty of stealing €70 perfume bottle after four-day trial

A MAN has been convicted of stealing a bottle of perfume following a four-day trial at the circuit criminal court.

The State will bear the costs of the trial that was originally expected to take two days but went on for twice as long and involved six gardai and a cartographer from garda headquarters in Dublin.

The stolen item, a bottle of Coco perfume by Chanel, is valued at between €70 and €80.

Noel O Murchu (58) of Pier Village, Fels Point, Tralee, Co Kerry, was granted free legal aid and pleaded not guilty to the offence at Debenhams in Manor West, Tralee, on August 10, 2011.

O Murchu elected to have the case heard at the circuit court by trial by jury, claiming that he would not be dealt with fairly in the district court. He was convicted by 11-1 majority.

CCTV images captured O Murchu taking the perfume and putting it in his shirt pocket.

He later admitted removing the security tag and the plastic wrapping from the box before placing the empty box behind a handbag in the shop.

Judge Carroll Moran remanded him on continuing bail until Friday next for sentencing.

Irish Independent