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Shoplifter 'overcome by urge' to rob clothes

A SHOPPER who stole a number of items of ladies clothing from a department store on St Stephen's Day claimed she was overcome by a type of kleptomania.

Fiona O'Neill (36) claimed that she felt she needed the clothing, valued at €452.

Judge Bridget Reilly ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in September.

O'Neill, of Grange Wood in Rathfarnham, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a charge of theft.

STOPPED

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said O'Neill entered Next, Dundrum Town Centre, on December 26 last year and took clothing, valued at €452.

Sgt McCann said O'Neill was stopped by security staff and the clothing was recovered.

The court heard O'Neill has four previous convictions, for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said O'Neill has suffered badly with depression and anxiety for a number of years, and was diagnosed with post-natal psychosis in 2005.

Mr Lynam said O'Neill is on a number of different prescribed medications and is attending her GP.

He said that O'Neill went to the clothing store, intending to pay, but that she was overcome with a type of kleptomania – compulsive stealing.

Mr Lynam said O'Neill decided she needed the clothing and she walked out without paying for them.

The court heard O'Neill has also had problems with alcohol and drugs.

Mr Lynam said O'Neill would benefit from working with the probation services.

Judge Reilly ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in September.

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