Sunday 21 December 2014

Mother who killed taxi driver won’t go back to prison for theft spree

Lyndsey Fahey claimed she was forced to steal to survive following release from prison

Published 15/05/2014 | 10:12

Lyndsey Fahey
Lyndsey Fahey

A PREGNANT woman has claimed she was forced to steal to survive following her release from prison for her role in killing a taxi driver six years ago.

Lyndsey Fahey (31) repeatedly stole cosmetics and beauty products from pharmacies in west Dublin over two months last year.

Judge David McHugh said Fahey deserved to go to jail but he accepted she had been suffering “some type of trauma” as a result of her prison sentence and her difficulties fitting back into society.

The judge imposed an 11-month sentence but suspended it for two years.

BANNED

He also fined Fahey €100 and banned her from the road for two years for driving without insurance.

The defendant, of Fortlawn Drive in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to five counts of theft.

Gda Jennifer Rowan said Fahey stole 14 items of clothing, worth €124, from Penneys in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre last October 23.

She also stole female beauty products, worth €95, from ODC Pharmacy, and dishwasher tablets, worth €5, from Centra, both in Laurel Lodge Shopping Centre in Castleknock on November 7, 2013.

Gda Rowan said Fahey was caught on CCTV cameras and she made no effort to pay for the goods.

The court heard Fahey returned to the pharmacy on November 25 and stole beauty products, worth €78. She also had a foil-lined bag.

Gda Rowan said Fahey was confronted outside the shop by security guards but she ran away.

She was seen leaving the scene in a 2001-registered car, which she admitted she was driving without insurance.

Fahey also stole groceries, worth €180, from Aldi in Mulhuddart on April 24.

The court heard she has 18 previous convictions, and previously served a long sentence for the manslaughter of taxi driver Mark Smyth (31), who she stabbed in the face in March 2008.

Her former partner was convicted of Mr Smyth’s murder and he was jailed for life.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Fahey was released from prison in February last year and she has found it difficult to integrate into society.

Ms Brennan said Fahey is a mother of two children, she is in a relationship and is pregnant and expecting twins in November.

The solicitor said that “financial necessity” drove the accused to steal, and she has found life particularly difficult during the last year.

Ms Brennan asked the judge not to send Fahey back to jail, saying she promises to stay out of trouble. Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said Fahey’s children had suffered enough.

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