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Mum-of-six stole buggy from charity shop


Mindora Zorila

Mindora Zorila

Mindora Zorila

A MOTHER-of-six who stole a child's pushchair from a charity shop believed she could take whatever she wanted because of the type of shop it was, a court has heard.

Mindora Zorila (30) - who is originally from Romania but has lived in Ireland for over 10 years - went into a charity shop in Balbriggan and took the pushchair without paying for it.

Garda Brenda Scanlon told the court that Zorila went into the shop at around 3.45pm on August 29 last year and took the pushchair. The shop owner called gardai after Zorila had left the shop.

When Garda Scanlon viewed the CCTV footage she recognised Zorila. She called to her home address and the mother of six admitted to the theft under caution.

Zorila - of Craoibhinn Park in Balbriggan - has six previous convictions for similar theft offences, but has not come to garda attention since 2006.

Garda Scanlon agreed with defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy that the property was recovered. Ms D'Arcy told the court that because Zorila is not working and has six young children she is struggling financially.


Zorila pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to the theft of the €35 pushchair from Friends of Autism and ADHD charity shop on Clonard Street in Balbriggan.

"She thought she could take whatever she wanted because of the type of shop it was," said Ms D'Arcy.

Judge Patricia McNamara convicted and fined Zorila €200.