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'Foolish' mum who stole jerseys faced ESB debts

A YOUNG mother who stole a number of football jerseys from a sports shop had built up substantial gas and electricity bills at the time, a court heard.

Danielle Hogan (24) claimed she made a foolish mistake and she was persuaded to get involved in the theft by a family member with a large number of previous convictions.

The court heard that Hogan has never been in trouble before and did not realise the seriousness of the offence.

Judge John O'Connor ordered Hogan to enter into a six-month peace bond and said he will apply the Probation Act if she doesn't come to trouble within that period of time.

The defendant, of Railway Avenue in Inchicore, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a charge of theft.

The incident took place at Lifestyle Sports in Dundrum Town Centre on July 18 last.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said Hogan and a female accomplice entered the shop and took three Liverpool training tops and five Manchester Utd jerseys, worth €456.

Sgt McCann said they were followed out of the store by security staff, who contacted the gardai, and they were arrested as they tried to leave the underground car park.

The court heard that Hogan has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor John Neville said Hogan is a lone parent with two children.

In relation to the incident, Mr Neville said Hogan's accomplice is well known to the courts and the defendant was not the leading party in the crime.