No jail term for €45,000 shop theft
Valerie Shaw: stole money to avoid living with her ex
A FORMER Superquinn employee who was arrested in Dublin Airport the day after she stole €45,000 from the company safe yesterday escaped jail when she was given a suspended sentence.
Valerie Shaw (52) claimed her ex-boyfriend had previously stolen €100,000 from her, forcing her to move back in with her ex-husband.
She said she stole the money from the supermarket so she would not have to continue living with her ex-husband.
Shaw of Woodvale Avenue, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the theft of €45,548 from Superquinn, Main Street, Blanchardstown on February 6, 2010.
Judge Patricia Ryan took into account Shaw's medical difficulties and previous good character and imposed a four-year term, suspended for four years.
She also ordered her to undergo two years' probation supervision.
Garda Stephen Byrne told prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo that Shaw worked in the cash office of the supermarket and had access to the safe.
On February 6 of last year a manager noticed the cash missing and called gardai.
CCTV footage showed Shaw alone in the cash office. She placed her handbag in front of the safe and filled it with cash in various denominations.
Gda Byrne made several efforts to track her down and eventually found her in Dublin Airport the next day. She was going through the departures area when she was arrested.