A former member of the Soviet Union’s Special Forces appeared before Dundalk district court last week charged with stealing a hard hat and a baseball cap from a local DIY store.
Yurri Solod with an address at Commons Road, Dromiskin was charged with theft arising out of the incident at Woodies, Dundalk Retail Park.
However the Defence solicitor argued the 50 year old had simply forgotten he had put them on his head.
The defence solicitor told the court last Wednesday that his client is a Ukrainian national who had served in Afghanistan for the Soviet Union’s Special Forces.
He said the accused worked here legally between 2002 and 2009 and while he had since returned home he comes back to Ireland for seasonal work.
The solicitor said his client had been injured three times in Afghanistan, but had not received proper treatment for an eye injury.
He explained that on the date in question, his client had been in the country three days, when he placed the hats on his head.
He said the accused had walked around the store, had bought a lunchbox and walked past the checkout assistant and gone out to his car, where he was stopped by security.
References from former employers were handed into the court which heard the defendant has no previous convictions here or in his home country.
The solicitor said his client was anxious to avoid a conviction and simply forgot about what was on his head.
Judge William Hamill applied the Probation Act after 100 euro was paid to the court poor box.