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A PREGNANT mother of two has been jailed for shoplifting nappies and formula for her baby.

A court heard Louise Joyce (25) was "indigent" when she stole the goods at a west Dublin pharmacy.

Judge David McHugh sentenced her to two months in prison, but directed medical attention for her after hearing she was five months pregnant.

He refused to suspend the sentence, telling Blanchardstown District Court that he considered Joyce, who is married and had 41 prior convictions, an "inveterate thief".


The accused, with an address at Bridgeview, Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to stealing two boxes of Pampers, a tin of SMA milk, one trainer cup and a carton of apple juice.

She also admitted handling stolen property. The total value of the goods taken was €50.85, and the theft happened at Boots, Liffey Valley, last November 28.

Her solicitor, Fiona Brennan, said she was now five months pregnant and two letters were handed up to the judge. Joyce's family circumstances were "quite difficult", Ms Brennan said.

"She is indigent and took the things for her child," she said.

The accused had had "ongoing emergency-type medical situations" in each of her previous pregnancies.

"She is an inveterate thief, notwithstanding the evidence that has been presented," Judge McHugh said.

Sentencing her, he directed that she receives any medical attention she needs while in custody.

He set bail in the event of an appeal at €300.