In case you hadn't heard, a man was due to stand trial this month for the alleged theft of a €3 box of Creme Eggs, from the Lidl on Moore Street, on 9 March. Yes, you heard me! Anyhow the case was struck out yesterday when the Garda witness was unable to attend.
Judge Kathryn Hutton decideD to throw the case out upon hearing the prosecution witness was not present but what I particularly enjoyed was the Independent.ie's reference to an earlier sitting of the court in March, when the accused, Anthony O'Connell, pleaded not guilty to the charge and sought to get a date for the hearing.
In the report they mention how Judge Anthony Halpin was 'unimpressed' by the whole affair but it's the line of clarification that the defendent's solicitor, Clarie Barry, that gave us the biggest laugh:
Unimpressed, Judge Halpin read the charge sheet before him and said: “Three state witnesses, him, a judge and a solicitor, for a Cadbury’s Creme Egg? You couldn’t make this stuff up.”
Ms Barry clarified that the allegation concerned a box of Creme Eggs, not just a single one.
The judge also asked 'Is it the chicken or the egg, which came first anyway?' although I'm fairly sure I've never heard of a Cadbury Creme Chicken.
Hat-tip: Colette Browne