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Defendant could not remember his address

A POLISH man five months living in Enniscorthy could not remember his address in the town when he appeared in Enniscorthy District Court charged with stealing a bottle of wine from Aldi supermarket. The court learned, after investigations led by Garda Fiona O'Keeffe, that Robert Tusinski actually lived at The Cottage, Cherryorchard. He had a previous address in Carrigaline near Cork.

The Garda first encountered Tusinski, who followed the hearing at the courthouse in Ardcavan with the assistance of an interpreter, at Aldi shortly after 4 p.m. on September 27 at the supermarket.

He had attempted to leave without paying for the wine, priced at €4.69. It turned out that he had three previous convictions for theft, all imposed in Dublin courts.

Through the translator, the accused said he was four years in Ireland. He added that he was very sorry for what had happened, saying that he had a problem with alcohol and this was the reason for his offending. He said that at the moment he had no money.

Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla asked probation officer Seamus Halpenny to draw up a report, noting that there were two suspended prison sentences on Tusinski's record. The case was adjourned to May 11. It was made a condition of bail that the defendant must sign on sober at the Garda barracks each Saturday and remain generally sober.

'OK, no problem,' said Tusinski before leaving the courthouse in Ardcavan.