Woman (28) stole items worth €300

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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