Thief who stole gro­ceries placed on pro­ba­tion bond for one year

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By NI­COLA DON­NELLY

A SE­RIAL thief who stole nearly €1,000 worth of gro­ceries from a Swords su­per­mar­ket twice within three days has been placed on a Pro­ba­tion Bond for one year.

Caro­line Collins (34) went into Dunnes Stores at The Pavil­ions Shop­ping Cen­tre where she loaded up a trol­ley with €392.19 worth of gro­ceries. She past all points of pay­ment and made no ef­fort to pay for the goods, Swords District Court heard.

She was stopped by se­cu­rity staff and later ar­rested by gar­dai.

Two days prior to this, she went into the same su­per­mar­ket and stole €600 worth of gro­ceries. Af­ter her ar­rest for the sec­ond theft, she was iden­ti­fied on CCTV for the first theft.

Collins, of Cara Park, Bel­camp Lane in Coolock pleaded guilty to the theft of €992.19 worth of gro­ceries from Dunnes Stores on Oc­to­ber 23rd and Oc­to­ber 25th, 2016.

She has 14 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing seven for thefts.

Her so­lic­i­tor told the court the de­fen­dant has had a ‘ hard life.’

‘She was mar­ried but the re­la­tion­ship was abu­sive and she has since di­vorced him,’ the so­lic­i­tor said, ex­plain­ing that as a mem­ber of the Trav­el­ling com­mu­nity, the de­fen­dant didn’t re­ceive any sup­port from her com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the divorce as they don’t con­done divorce.

At a pre­vi­ous court sit­ting, Judge Der­mot Dempsey said the de­fen­dant has al­ready re­ceived the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act, com­mu­nity ser­vice and a sus­pended sen­tence.

He had or­dered a Pro­ba­tion Re­port which was pre­sented in court but the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vices re­quested a fur­ther re­mand.

On hear­ing the de­fen­dant has paid €600 in com­pen­sa­tion to the su­per­mar­ket and on read­ing a pos­i­tive Pro­ba­tion Re­port, Judge Brian O’shea placed the de­fen­dant on a Pro­ba­tion Bond for one year.

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