Sunday 19 November 2017

'Impulse of temptation' - mum put citizenship at risk by stealing €10 make-up

Edith Enghegase
Edith Enghegase

Andrew Phelan

A mother-of-three put her Irish citizenship at risk for the sake of less than €10 worth of make-up that she stole from a Dublin store, a court heard.

Edith Enghegase (26), who has applied to be a citizen, succumbed to an "impulse of temptation".

She admitted the offence, but Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned her case to find out if she could be cautioned by gardai instead.

Enghegase, who plans to seek work as a nurse's aide, pleaded guilty to theft of the cosmetics on August 24.

Dublin District Court heard the accused went to TK Maxx in the Ilac Centre on the date in question. She placed the items, worth €9.99, in a bag and passed all points of payment before leaving the shop.

She was stopped by security staff and gardai were called. The cosmetics were recovered in a saleable condition.

Enghegase, who has no previous convictions, had applied for Irish citizenship and that was being processed, said her barrister, Donal Pattison.

The accused was planning on returning to education and seeking employment as a healthcare assistant.


Enghegase was prepared to pay money to charity and Mr Pattison asked the judge to leave her without a conviction.

She had €50 in court.

"It was an impulse of temptation, but it was certainly instantly regretted," he said.

"She is putting her citizenship at risk," Judge Mitchell said, adding that the best he could do was apply the Probation Act.

Mr Pattison said the defendant came from a very religious community and there was a certain stigma attached to theft.

"They should read the New Testament and find it in their hearts to forgive her," Judge Mitchell said.

"If not, then it must be a different New Testament than the one I have read."

The judge asked if Enghegase, of Meetinghouse Lane, Mullingar, had been offered an adult caution by the gardai - an alternative to court prosecution when the accused admits responsibility.

"I don't think she really knew what was happening," said Mr Pattison. "She had never been in trouble before and this was all new to her."

The judge told the defence to contact the prosecuting garda to establish if the adult caution could be administered.

He remanded the defendant on continuing bail and adjourned the case.

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