Friday 24 May 2019

Pensioner with 'very poor memory' attempted to exchange Penneys shoes for cash

Pensioner Doreen McManus was fined €100
Pensioner Doreen McManus was fined €100
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A pensioner who tried to exchange a pair of shoes for cash has claimed she has "a very poor memory" of the incident.

Doreen McManus (67) claimed she suffers from memory lapses and can't remember why she behaved in such a manner.

Judge David McHugh fined McManus €100.

The defendant, of Sallowood View, Santry Avenue in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to making gain or causing loss by deception.

The incident took place at Penneys in Blanchardstown on July 18 last year.

Garda Brian Coughlan said McManus picked up a pair of shoes, worth €15, from a shelf and tried to exchange them at the till.

She was stopped by security staff and was arrested.

The court heard McManus has 13 previous convictions, but hasn't been in trouble since 2003.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said McManus is a separated woman with two grown-up children.


Mr Hanahoe said she is in receipt of a pension and also helps to care for her brother who has special needs.

Mr Hanahoe said McManus doesn't know why she did what she did, saying she has "a very poor memory" of the day.

He also said McManus has been attending a doctor due to memory lapses concerns.

Mr Hanahoe asked the judge to be lenient, saying McManus hasn't been in trouble for a long time.


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