A SERIAL shoplifter has been ordered by a judge not to enter a supermarket or department store for the next two years.
Sentencing Catherine Gaffney to five months' jail, suspended for two years, Judge Anthony Halpin said Gaffney could only enter such establishments accompanied by a person of "mature understanding".
Gaffney (46), of Carraroe Avenue, Donaghmede, Dublin, admitted before Tallaght Court to stealing groceries worth €638.81 from Superquinn, Knocklyon, on August 28, 2012.
Garda Nicole Flanagan said Gaffney had 23 previous convictions. Garda Flanagan read through eight of Gaffney's previous convictions, all of which were for theft.
Gaffney had received a €500 fine on October 24, 2011, for theft. At Dublin District Court on May 31, 2010, she received a six-month jail sentence for theft.
Judge Halpin told the garda: "You don't have to read through every one."
Gaffney's counsel indicated to the judge that they were for thefts from those type of premises.
She said Gaffney was a mother of four children and had a difficulty with alcohol.
Judge Halpin ordered "that Ms Gaffney does not enter a supermarket or department store within that two-year period except if she is accompanied by a person of mature understanding".