Mum who stole doll and card for child's birthday avoids jail
A woman was caught trying to steal a Barbie doll as a present for a child's birthday.
Lyndsey Burnett (33) also shoplifted a birthday card and a DVD.
Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act, leaving Burnett without a conviction.
The defendant, of Fairlawn Road, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of theft.
The shoplifting of a Barbie doll, a DVD and a greetings card, worth €15, took place at Tesco Clearwater in Finglas last October 20.
Gda Karen Donnelly said Burnett entered the super- market and selected goods before trying to leave without paying for them.
Gda Donnelly said the defendant was stopped by security staff and gardai were called to the scene.
Burnett was subsequently arrested and charged with stealing the items.
The court heard that the defendant had one previous conviction, for a minor drugs matter.
Defence lawyer Ciaran Mac Loughlin said Burnett was a single mother with two young children.
He asked the judge to note that one of the items stolen by Burnett was a Barbie doll as a present for her child's birthday.
He also said that the defendant wished to apologise to the court for her behaviour.
Judge McHugh said that in the circumstances he would apply the Probation Act and leave the defendant without a conviction.
Mr MacLoughlin said Burnett was very thankful to the judge.
Burnett did not address the court during the course of the short hearing.