Tesco thief gets benefit of Probation Act
A WOMAN who could give 'no explanation' for stealing goods from a Dundalk supermarket had the theft case dismissed under the probation act at the district court last week.
Mary McDonagh (30), 50 Hyde Park, Dundalk, admitted stealing €47 worth of goods from Tesco Long Walk shopping centre on October 4. The property was recovered.
Solicitor Frank McDonnell said his client, who has one previous conviction for theft eight years ago, was not known to the court and she had accepted responsibility but could offer 'no explanation' for taking the items. He added that McDonagh is currently in 'very poor financial circumstances' and pointed out that there was no financial loss to the store.
Judge Flann Brennan dismissed the case under the probation act.