Serial shoplifter (20) 'was high on drink and drugs'
A SERIAL shoplifter has claimed that she was so high on drink and drugs that she doesn't remember the thefts.
Claire Bell (20) claimed that her addictions were at the root of her offending behaviour.
Judge David McHugh imposed an eight-month sentence suspended for two years.
The defendant, of Valeview Crescent in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to four counts of theft.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that Bell stole cosmetics worth €39.95 from Lloyds Pharmacy in Finglas on February 21 and €17 of from Tesco, Clearwater in Finglas on February 28.
She also admitted taking make-up valued at €29 from Boots in Blanchardstown on June 16 and groceries of €51 from Dunnes Stores, Charlestown in Finglas on July 8.
Sgt Callaghan said that in each case Bell was stopped by security staff as she left the stores and the property was recovered in a saleable condition.
The court heard Bell has one previous conviction for theft.
Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said the defendant lives at home with her family.
Ms Buckley said the defendant is a very vulnerable individual who has battled serious drink and drug problems.
She said the defendant is volunteering with her local church in Finglas and is trying to stay out of trouble.
Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said Bell's main focus should be to keep out of thieving.