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Cool customer stole x100 of ice creams from store

A SHOPLIFTER who stole more than €100 worth of ice cream from a south Dublin store was under the influence of a mixture of alcohol and medication at the time.

Rosemarie McDonagh was told to pay compensation to the shopkeeper after a court heard she stole 16 tubs of Haagen Dazs ice cream in the incident.

McDonagh (40), of Blackrock House, Newtown Avenue, Blackrock, pleaded guilty to stealing the ice cream, as well as a Big Lick ice pop, with a total value of €118.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin adjourned the case to give the accused time to come up with the money.

Dun Laoghaire District Court heard the theft happened at Centra, Main Street, Blackrock, at 9.05pm on May 31 last.

McDonagh was arrested for the offence on June 16 and admitted responsibility.

She was identified taking the goods on CCTV footage from a security camera.

None of the property was recovered.

Barrister Rory Staines said the accused had been on "somewhat heavy medication" and consumed alcohol on the day.

"The mixture affected her judgment," Mr Staines said. McDonagh had no previous convictions and was "very concerned" about the incident.

She was of "very limited means" and was in the process of getting the compensation together. Judge Ni Chonduin said she would strike the charge out if the defendant paid the shop back.