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Judge says Tesco must deal with shoplifters; COURT.

Byline: ANN HEALY

TESCO should deal with its shoplifters and not force the taxpayer to foot the bill for taking them to court, a judge said yesterday.

Mary Fahy spoke as she dealt with a man who stole a bottle of wine worth just pounds 6.99.

The judge said: "Why doesn't Tesco deal with this sort of thing without calling the gardai? "There should be some system put in place where Tesco deals with its own shoplifting problems. The Irish taxpayer is paying for all of this - the Garda escort to court and all that."

Lithuanian Nerijus Rudkauskas, 38, of no fixed abode, admitted stealing the wine from Tesco in Galway on August 21.

Inspector Mick O'Dwyer told Galway District Court the accused was caught on camera stuffing the bottle into his trousers and leaving the store without paying for it.

Hearing Rudkauskas is currently serving a threemonth sentence in Cork Prison for a similar theft, Judge Fahy said she would not impose a custodial sentence on him for one bottle of wine and she took this latest theft charge into account.
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