Friday 24 November 2017

Mum-of-four is jailed for stealing crockery

Nicola Donnelly

A MOTHER-of-four who stole crockery from a Drogheda shop has been given a three month prison sentence.

Kathleen McDonagh with an address at Vincent Avenue in Dundalk pleaded guilty to the theft of €70 worth of crockery from Heaton's in Drogheda on October 5th, 2012.

A previous sitting of Drogheda District Court had heard that at 11am McDonagh entered the shop and left without paying for €70 worth of crockery. She left the car park in a Hiace van which was driven by another person. The manager of the shop followed the van along the M1 and alerted gardai to the incident.

McDonagh was arrested and made full admissions. The crockery was also recovered.

McDonagh, who has 53 previous convictions, is currently serving a nine month sentence for another offence.

Defence solicitor Mr Dermot Monahan said the 41-year-old is “finding incarceration a very sobering experience” and asked Judge William Hamill not to add to the sentence she is currently serving.

Judge Hamill was informed that McDonagh was not the driver of the vehicle.

He sentenced her to three months to run concurrent to the prison term she is already serving.

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