A young mother turned to shoplifting in an effort to make extra cash after her partner left her and she built up €20,000 in mortgage debt.
Lisa McAndrew (27) was under severe financial pressure at the time and she was poorly advised that she could get money by stealing items and selling them on.
Judge David McHugh struck out the charge, leaving Mc- Andrew without a conviction.
The defendant, of Tolka Valley View, Finglas, admitted three counts of theft before Blanchardstown District Court.
The incidents took place at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre last December 19.
Gda Christopher Ward said McAndrew was stopped by security staff in Debenhams after she stole a picture frame worth €25.
She also shoplifted a dress worth €55, a purse valued at €33 from River Island as well as bath products costing €25 from The Body Shop.
The defendant was also caught with a magnetic detagger.
The court heard McAndrew had never been in trouble before.
Defence lawyer Ciaran Mac- Loughlin said McAndrew was a single mother-of-two.
She was under severe financial pressure at the time of the incident.
Mr MacLoughlin said that McAndrew's former partner had left her, leaving her to pay a mortgage.
She had arrears of €20,000, the court heard.
Mr MacLoughlin said Mc- Andrew borrowed money from "someone she probably shouldn't have borrowed money off".
She was unable to pay that loan and was advised that she could get extra money by stealing items and selling them on.
Mr MacLoughlin asked the judge to leave the defendant without a conviction, saying she worked as a special needs assistant and required garda clearance. He said the defendant was willing to make a contribution to charity.
The judge said he would not take money from McAndrew when she was in debt.
He said he would give her one chance and struck out the charges.