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Thieving mum spent groceries cash on valium

A MOTHER-of-two who stole over €900 worth of groceries has claimed that she was battling an addiction to prescription tablets and bought valium with the money her partner had given her to do the weekly shopping.

Elizabeth Cash (22) said she stole the groceries because she didn't want to go home to her partner with no food for the family.

A judge ordered a probation report, saying that Cash might benefit from working with the probation service.

Cash, with an address at Daletree Place, Ballycullen, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to two counts of theft.

The incidents took place at Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt Shopping Centre, on October 4 last year and at Superquinn, Blackrock on December 14.


The total value of the groceries stolen was €910 and all the property was recovered when Cash was stopped by security guards as she walked out of the store.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Cash, who is not working and on social welfare, was battling an addiction to valium at the time of the offences.

She had been given money by her partner to do the weekly shopping but spent the money on valium.

Mr Lynam said she didn't want to go home empty-handed and that was why she stole the groceries.

The court heard that Cash now no longer took valium, and had received help from her doctor.

Judge Ann Ryan said it appeared Cash had a number of difficulties to contend with, and that she might benefit in the future from the help of the probation services.

The judge adjourned the sentencing for Cash until a date in June.