Friday 20 July 2018

Mother and daughter settle separate €75k defamation cases against Dunnes Stores

Allegedly wrongly accused of stealing €9 wine

Afolashade Nuga (left) and her mother Elizabeth leaving the court yesterday (Photo: Courtpix)
Afolashade Nuga (left) and her mother Elizabeth leaving the court yesterday (Photo: Courtpix)

Ray Managh

A mother and daughter have settled separate €75,000 cases of alleged defamation against Dunnes Stores on terms that were not publicly divulged in court.

Elizabeth Nuga and her daughter Afolashade Nuga, both of Gallagher's Lane, Glenbrack, Gort, Co Galway, claimed that staff at the Dunnes Stores branch at Briar Hill, Co Galway, had wrongly accused them of taking a €9 bottle of wine from the shop.

They claimed in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that they were in the store on New Year's Eve 2013 and, after leaving, were approached by a store employee, who asked where was the bottle of wine.

The Nugas alleged that the words "The wine that I saw you put into your bag" and "I know you have that bottle of wine and the guards are on the way" were spoken during the alleged confrontation. They also alleged that they were detained until the arrival of the gardaí and were then taken to a garda station until CCTV records were reviewed and they were released.

Dunnes Stores delivered full defences in both cases. It denied that the Nugas had been defamed or that their detention in the garda station had been at the store's behest.

The company said a member of staff had attempted to speak to the Nugas about a bottle of wine but claimed they had become aggressive, which led to the intervention of the gardaí.

Barrister John Nolan, who appeared for the Nugas, told Judge Linnane that both cases had been settled and could be struck out with no order.

Claimants are allowed to sue in the circuit area where an alleged incident occurred or in the jurisdiction where a defendant resides or has its registered offices or headquarters.

Irish Independent

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