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'Depressed' shoplifter stole clothes on St Valentine's Day


Winnie Collins

Winnie Collins

Winnie Collins

A shoplifter caught stealing clothes on St Valentine's Day has praised her husband for his support while she battles depression.

Winnie Collins (37) "wasn't herself" for a long time and she is only now getting the help she needs.

Judge David McHugh ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to October.

The defendant, of Collinstown Crescent, Clondalkin, admitted stealing clothing worth €54 from Penneys, in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, on February 14 last year.

Gda Laura Conlon said Collins picked up the items and walked out of the shop without paying.

She was stopped by security staff, gardai were called to the scene and she was later arrested and charged.

Gda Conlon said the clothing was all recovered in a saleable condition.


The court heard that Collins has six previous convictions, including a number for theft.

Defence lawyer Alan Delany said his client was in a difficult place at the time of the incident.

He said she was suffering from depression but had since gone to her doctor and was now on prescribed medication.

Mr Delany said Collins also suffered from anxiety and panic attacks but was now getting the help she needed.

He said the defendant's husband was in court with her and he had been a great support.

Judge McHugh asked Mr Delany what the defendant's depression had to do with her shoplifting.

Mr Delany said it had an effect on Collins' personality and she was "not herself" during this time.

The lawyer said this incident and Collins' previous convictions for theft all happened during the same time.