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Kleptomaniac was off her medication during spree

A KLEPTOMANIAC who went on a shoplifting spree was off her medication at the time, a court heard.

Christina Cooney (34) was caught with bags of stolen goods from shops in Dundrum Town Centre.

Judge John Lindsay ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to October.

The defendant, of St Berach's Place, Kilbarrack, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a number of counts of theft at Dundrum Town Centre last December 14.

Gda Kenneth McDonald said Cooney stole a Manchester United and two Real Madrid jerseys valued at €198 from Lifestyle Sports.

She also took items from Marks & Spencer and Frango's Restaurant as well as three boxes of chocolates.

Defence lawyer Kate O'Toole said Cooney, who has no previous convictions, is married and has five children.


Her husband is a landscape gardener but he had a motorbike accident a number of years ago, is now morbidly obese and has mobility issues.

Ms O'Toole said this has put pressure on the family.

She said Cooney developed post-natal depression after the birth of her third child.

The defendant recovered, but developed post-natal psychosis after the birth of her fourth child.

Ms O'Toole said the defendant was on medication for some time, but had weaned herself off it.

She then developed depressive psychosis as well as obsessive compulsive disorder and kleptomania and was put on anti-psychotic medication.

In July last year she went off her medication and Ms O'Toole said the defendant did well for some time.

However, by the end of the year Cooney had further difficulties, and again suffered from kleptomania, said her solicitor.

The court heard Cooney is now back on her medication and seeing a psychiatrist.