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Young mum stole €1,800 of goods from pharmacy

A YOUNG woman who was part of a gang that stole nearly €1,800 worth of goods from a north Dublin pharmacy was abusing pills at the time, a court heard.

Bridget McDonagh (23) begged a judge not to jail her, saying she has a young child and her husband is in custody.


A garda told the court that McDonagh was "not the worst" and that she had co-operated with gardai.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a six-month sentence suspended for two years.

The defendant, of St Brigid's Lawn in Clonsilla, admitted before Swords District Court to taking goods worth nearly €1,800 from Hickey's Pharmacy in Rush on July 20 last year.

Garda Donncha Ryan said McDonagh and four others entered the pharmacy around 6pm and stole goods totalling €1,796. Garda Ryan said McDonagh made admissions to her role. The property has not been recovered.

The court heard McDonagh has 15 previous convictions, including previous convictions for theft-related matters.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan said McDonagh was on anti-depressants and was taking non-prescription tablets at the time of the offence and her memory is not the best.

She asked the judge not send her to jail, saying she has a lot of responsibilities.