Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mothers stole clothes for children at Christmas

Eimear Cotter

Published 07/01/2016 | 13:01

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TWO women caught stealing clothes from a Dublin department store wanted their children to have new clothing for Christmas, a court heard.

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Carolyn Ward (30) and Kathleen Ward (34) were caught by staff leaving Penneys with a bag full of children's clothing.

In relation to Kathleen Ward, Judge David McHugh convicted and fined her €50.

The court heard Carolyn Ward has two previous convictions for theft and Judge McHugh imposed a nine-month suspended sentence.

Carolyn Ward, of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Dublin 17, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing children's clothing worth €284 from Penneys in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on December 21.

Her accomplice, Kathleen, with an address at Bunratty Drive in Coolock, admitted stealing children's clothing at the same time and place.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said security staff saw the two women selecting items of clothing and placing them in a bag.

Sgt Callaghan said the women were stopped as they left the store.

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The court heard both women have two previous convictions, Kathleen for road traffic matters and Carolyn for theft.

Defence solicitor Mark O'Sullivan asked the judge to note the theft happened just before Christmas, and the clothing was for the women's young children.

In relation to Kathleen, Mr O'Sullivan said she is separated and has four children.

Mr O'Sullivan said Kathleen's husband left her after the birth of her fourth child and she has suffered from depression ever since.

Mr O'Sullivan said "an unfortunate pattern" seems to be emerging in relation to Carolyn Ward and he asked the judge not to send her to jail.

Suspending a nine-month sentence for two years, Judge McHugh said Carolyn Ward is "a chancer".

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