Woman (28) stole items worth €300
A WOMAN who was struggling financially and living in homeless accommodation stole over €300 worth of electrical items and cosmetics from a Donabate supermarket.
Michelle Kelly (28) claimed she stole the items which included a George Foreman grill, as the homeless accommodation she was living in did not provide equipment for her to cook meals for herself and her two children.
Garda Amanda King gave told Swords District Court that the defendant was stopped by security staff as she was leaving the supermarket without paying for a ‘wide selection’ of items. All of the items were recovered. However, when Gda King went to the supermarket, the defendant had left but upon viewing CCTV footage, Gda King identified her and arrested her at a later date.
The defendant, of Hazelgrove in Donabate and of Ballymun, pleaded guilty to the theft of €313.26 worth of items from Supervalu in Donabate on July 30th, 2016. She has no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said the defendant was ‘struggling financially.’ ‘She was in homeless accommodation at the time but has now got a house. Since then things have gotten better for her,’ said Ms D’Arcy.
‘She is sorry for the offence but when she was in homeless accommodation the electrical equipment was not provided to her,’ she explained.
Judge John King remanded the defendant on continuing bail until July 19 for a Probation Report.