Woman stole food and clothes after losing bill money
A woman stole groceries and clothing after she lost the money she had set aside to pay her household bills, a court heard.
Maureen Kenny (50) cannot remember if she lost the €700 or if it was taken from her, her solicitor said.
Judge David McHugh ordered her to donate €100 to Blanchardstown Hospice and struck out the charge.
The defendant, of Barnwell Way, Ongar, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing groceries and clothing worth €114 from Marks and Spencer in Blanchardstown on January 22.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said Kenny entered the store at around 1.30pm and picked up a number of items.
She said she went to the checkout and paid for one item, but not for the others.
The sergeant said Kenny walked out of the store with the goods and was stopped by security staff. The property was recovered in a resalable condition.
The court heard that Kenny has no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Kenny had €700 to pay her bills and the money was either "taken from her or she lost it".
Ms Brennan said the defendant was trying to get money together to pay her bills, and it had left her short of money.
She also said she was sorry for her behaviour, and was pleading guilty at a very early stage as the theft happened only recently.