Aldi theft not the first for Latvian mum-of-six
THE theft of food worth less than €4 from Aldi was not the first such incident on the record of Aiva Sturne from 29 St. John's Villas, Enniscorthy, it emerged in the District Court.
The €3.78 worth of groceries was recovered after she left the shop beside the Milehouse Road without paying for all the goods she took out of the store on May 17 last year.
Ms. Sturne's record was read out by Garda Inspector Pat Cody who pointed out that she was before the courts previously for shoplifting in Carlow and in Gorey during 2012 and at Swords in 2009. Appearing for the 45-year-old defendant, solicitor Caitriona Walsh stated her client was originally from Latvia, where her six adult children live. She had resided for the past eight years in Ireland.
She took the food because she did not have the money, said Ms. Walsh. Judge John Lindsay suggested that 75 hours of community service was in order and referred the defendant to the probation service to see if she is suitable. The case is due to be concluded on March 12.