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Boy aged 5 wins defamation payout

A five-year-old Irish boy who was wrongly accused by a supermarket of stealing a bag of crisps has won €7,500 (£6,300) in damages for defamation of character.

An Irish court heard that Tadhg Mooney, from Balbriggan in Co Dublin, had been in a local branch of Lidl with his mother on June 24, 2009 when a shop assistant grabbed his arm and made the accusation.

His barrister told the Circuit Civil Court that her client had suffered injury to his reputation and had been caused to suffer distress and inconvenience.

She added that the shop assistant's grabbing the boy's arm was false imprisonment and assault.

Yesterday, the family's lawyer Dermot McNamara told the AFP wire service that Tadhg's mother had shown a receipt for the bag of crisps to the store.

“We managed to settle it over negotiations lasting for a month or two,” Mr McNamara said.

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