A MOTHER of two who stole a designer handbag worth more than €3,400 has been given a 14-month suspended sentence.
Sharon Marlow (32) was "not thinking straight" when she stole the bag from a city centre shop, Dublin District Court heard.
Marlow, with an address at Rathdown Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to stealing a Chanel bag from Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, last November 28.
The court heard the accused went to the store at 10.20am and took a white bag worth €3,450. She tried to leave without paying for it but was seen by security staff and stopped. The property was recovered.
She had previous convictions for theft.
Marlow was a lone parent with two children and was now pregnant, her lawyer said.
She previously had an alcohol dependency but had detoxed on discovering that she was pregnant.
She was very remorseful for what she had done and was anxious to finalise matters before the birth of her child.
"She was thinking so straight that she took a premier item," Judge Cormac Dunne said.
"That shows that her thinking was spot on, not the opposite."
Marlow also admitted a separate charge of uninsured driving in 2012.
Judge Dunne sentenced her to 10 months for the theft, with a consecutive four months for the insurance charge. The suspended period totalled 18 months.