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Mum-of-seven's shoplifting woes

A MOTHER-of-seven caught shoplifting by store security "isn't very good at it" and usually gets caught when she steals, a court heard.

Annette Roberts (41) may be suffering from kleptomania, and needs help from the probation service.

Judge Anthony Halpin ordered a probation report and a psychological assessment and adjourned sentencing until July.

Roberts, of Carrow Road, in Drimnagh, admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of theft.

The court heard that Roberts took groceries, clothing and cosmetics worth €140 from Dunnes Stores in Kilnamanagh on September 29 last year. She also took five rings worth €47 from Boots, in Tallaght, on February 26 last.



A DRIVER caught without insurance was heading to his elderly mother's house to look after her, a court heard.

Mark Hogan (38) claimed he did not have insurance because he couldn't afford it.

Judge Anthony Halpin fined Hogan €500 and banned him from driving for two years.

Hogan, of Castle Park, in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or licence at Castletymon Road, in Tallaght.

Solicitor Michael Hennessy said the unemployed father of two's mother had arthritis.