Thursday 26 May 2016

Mum admits theft after putting makeup in child's buggy

Andrew Phelan

Published 11/08/2014 | 18:58

Laura Johnson
Laura Johnson

A MOTHER-of-one has admitted a shoplifting charge after she put makeup into her child's buggy and left a store without paying.

Laura Johnson (29) said she forgot to pay for the goods, but pleaded guilty to stealing them.

She was left without a criminal conviction for the offence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Johnson, with an address at Auburn Park, Castleknock, admitted stealing €34 worth of cosmetics at Boots, Liffey Valley on March 31.

The charge is under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The court heard the defendant went to the shop on the day in question, took the goods and went to the till but did not pay for them.

The accused was a single parent and was attending college to try to better herself, her barrister Jennifer Jackson said. She had no family living in this jurisdiction.

She had been in the shop with her daughter, put the items in the child's buggy and paid for some but not for others, Ms Jackson explained.

The property was recovered in a saleable condition and returned to the shop.

The issue of criminal intent and the possibility of a defence had been explained to the defendant, but she had found the case "extremely stressful" and wanted to plead guilty to the charge, Ms Jackson told the court.

The defendant had no previous convictions of any kind.

Judge David McHugh struck the charge out.

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