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Recovering addict spared jail after getting school job


Ashling McCabe

Ashling McCabe

Ashling McCabe

A SCHOOL lunch lady has avoided jail over a series of petty crimes she carried out while abusing drugs.

Recovering addict Ashling McCabe (20) admitted shoplifting and other offences she committed before getting work making lunches at a Dublin school.

Judge Bryan Smyth put her on a probation bond for a year.

The defendant, of Marigold Crescent in Darndale, pleaded guilty before Dublin District Court to getting into a van without the owner's permission at Tesco car park, Arklow, Co Wicklow on May 25, 2013.

She also admitted stealing clothing and make-up worth €66 at Penneys, Mary Street on May 27.

In the Arklow incident, three people were seen open the back of a van, get into it and shut the door.

Gardai believed McCabe was "a bit under the influence" of the two men she was with.

The court heard McCabe was working as a school lunch lady, and this had provided a "structure in her life she never had before", her solicitor Matthew de Courcy said.

Mr de Courcy said McCabe had a chronic drug addiction and her life had been "completely off the rails" at the time of the offences.

She had been on prescription medication after detoxing from heroin and was now drug free.