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Shoplifting mum ‘was like a walking zombie’

A MOTHER-of-two was like a “walking zombie” after taking prescription tablets when she shoplifted make-up and clothes, a court heard.

Samantha Tyndall (23) had also been “influenced by an ex-partner” when she stole from two Dublin stores.

Tyndall, with an address at Wolfe Tone Square South, Bray, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to two theft counts at Dublin District Court. Judge Anthony Halpin put her on probation for a year.

The court heard she went to Penneys in Mary Street last March 4 and took €245 worth of goods.


She first paid for two other items, then asked for two carrier bags, which she filled with goods and left the store.

Tyndall passed all points of payment before being stopped.

On April 15 she went to Penneys in O’Connell Street and took €175 worth of clothing and accessories.

She put them in a bag and again left without paying.

At the time of the thefts she had gone to Dublin with her now ex-partner and had taken tablets.

Defence solicitor Stephen O’Mahony said Tyndall’s method of theft in the first incident “might seem bizarre”, and Judge Halpin agreed it was “not the done thing” to ask for bags to steal goods.

“She is not a habitual drug user,” he said.

“She had taken prescription tablets and was like a walking zombie,” he said.