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Shoplifter 'stressed' about ill daughter


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A housewife who took clothing from a department store was stressed at the time over her sick daughter, a court heard.

Both Teresa Hayes (60) and her husband have donated kidneys to their daughter, but she has continued to have health problems.

Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act.

The defendant, of Cromwellsfort Road, Walkins-town, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of theft.

The incident happened at Penneys, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, on December 12.


Sgt Maria Callaghan said Hayes failed to pay for clothing, worth €64. She was stopped and the items were recovered in a re-salable condition.

The court heard Hayes had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said she is a housewife with four children.

He said her daughter has kidney problems and five years ago her husband gave her a kidney.

However, the transplant was not a success and two years ago Hayes also gave a kidney to her daughter.

In relation to this incident, Mr Fleming said Hayes was stressed and distracted and didn't realise what she had done. He asked the judge to be as lenient as possible.