Sunday 20 May 2018

Drunk woman tried to return shoes to wrong shop after stealing clothes

Store Street Garda station. Picture: Google Maps
Store Street Garda station. Picture: Google Maps

Andrew Phelan

A HEAVILY intoxicated woman assaulted two shop workers after going to a home supplies store and trying to return a pair of shoes, a court heard

Jennifer O'Dwyer (42) struck the staff members after she was told the shop did not sell clothing.

She had earlier stolen clothes from another shop nearby.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the production of a probation report.

O'Dwyer, with an address at Judge Darley's Hostel in Dublin 7 admitted theft and assault charges.

She pleaded guilty to stealing clothing worth €10 from a Lidl in the north city centre on January 14 last.

She also admitted assaulting two staff members at Living Island on Talbot Street on the same day.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to a Lidl off O'Connell Street at 2pm. Staff said a woman had selected clothing and left without paying.


She then went to Living Island, where she said she wanted to return shoes. When staff said the shop did not sell clothing, she assaulted them.

She was "under the influence" at the time and was arrested and brought to Store Street Garda Station.

A garda said the assaults were minor.

O'Dwyer had a long history of substance abuse, her lawyer said. She was homeless and trying to get her own house.

On the day of the offences, she took alcohol and prescribed medication and "they didn't mix", her lawyer continued.

She apologised to the victims.

O'Dwyer had several previous convictions for public order and other offences.

"She seems to be a lady who needs some assistance," Judge Smyth said. He adjourned the case to a date in November for the production of a pre-sentence probation report.

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