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Young mum 'under stress' when she stole set of knives from Lidl


Melissa Lawrence took goods worth €83 from the store

Melissa Lawrence took goods worth €83 from the store

Melissa Lawrence took goods worth €83 from the store

A young mother was under stress when she stole household goods from a supermarket, a court has heard.

Melissa Lawrence (24) was arrested after she took a knife set and food worth €83.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for payment of compensation to the shop.

Lawrence, of St Finian's Grove, Lucan, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

The offence happened at Lidl, on the Maynooth Road in Leixlip, Co Kildare, last August 27.

Giving evidence, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that the accused went to the shop at around 3.47pm on the day in question.

She selected household items worth €83 before passing all points of payment, the court heard.


She left the store without paying and was later identified as having stolen the goods.

She was arrested and interviewed, but the property was not recovered.

Lawrence knew what she did was wrong and wanted to pay for the property she took, her solicitor William Cadogan told the court.

She had been under stress at the time, he said.

There was a lot of family stress at home and she had a sick child, the court heard.

Mr Cadogan asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case and said he wanted the money to be paid to the shop before finalising matters.

He did not indicate the likely penalty.

The defendant, who was not required to address the court, was remanded on continuing bail.