Romanian couple with no social welfare stole meat

Published 25/03/2016 | 01:32

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

A Romanian couple who came to Ireland from Spain had no social welfare and no work at the time when they were found stealing meat from a New Ross supermarket.

The District Court was told that they had since found work picking flowers but were still earning no more than €75 each per week.

The case of Alin and Mihaela Cociulescu, both 28 years of age, of 5 Drumgoold Villas arose after they attempted to steal vacuum packed meat from SuperValu in New Ross last November.

A Spanish interpreter was in the courtroom with the husband when the case was called and Judge Gerard Haughton was told that the wife was outside looking after a child.

The couple took it in turns to come into the courtroom as Judge Gerard Haughton first ordered a probation report on Alin Cociulescu, adjourning to May 10, and then allowed Mihaela Cociulescu the benefit of the Probation Act.

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