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Serial shoplifter had €622 of stolen clothes

A SERIAL thief who stole clothing from a department store was heavily addicted to heroin at the time and was stealing to feed her addiction.

Yvonne Byrne (32) claimed she was now stabilised on methadone, and was turning her life around.

Judge Anthony Halpin imposed a three-month sentence, but suspended it for two years.

The defendant, of Basin Street, Dublin 8, admitted before Tallaght District Court to a charge of theft.

Garda Lisa Finn said Byrne went into Debenhams in The Square Shopping Centre shortly before 6pm on May 27 and filled two shopping bags full of clothes, worth €622.

Byrne was stopped by security as she left the department store and the clothing was recovered.

Defence lawyer Ann Sheridan said Byrne had a very serious heroin addiction at the time of the offence, and was stealing to feed her addiction.

Ms Sheridan said the defendant had received a sentence in August, and while in prison had stabilised on methadone.

Byrne was now back living at home with her parents and daughter and was looking and feeling much better.

Ms Sheridan said Byrne was anxious not to go back to jail.