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Thief was trying to avoid eviction from her home

A MOTHER who stole groceries from two supermarkets within the space of a week was desperately trying to pay her back rent so she wouldn't be evicted, a court heard.

Vivienne Marsden (39) was evicted but she has since secured stable accommodation.

The defendant, with an address at Mayeston Green in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of theft.

The thefts took place at Dunnes Stores, Charlestown Shopping Centre on March 27 and at Supervalu, Seamus Ennis Road, both in Finglas, on April 3.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Marsden stole groceries, worth €32, from Dunnes Stores. These goods were not recovered.

She also took groceries, valued at €25, from Supervalu. In this instance, the goods were recovered, said the sergeant.

The court heard that Marsden has five previous convictions but hasn't been in trouble since 2005.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Marsden, a mother of one, was due to be evicted from her home due to non-payment of rent.

Mr O'Doherty said she stole the groceries because she was trying to pay the back rent.

He said that the defendant is now in stable accommodation and is in receipt of rent allowance.

The solicitor also said Marsden had a drug problem but has been clean for a decade.

Judge David McHugh fined Marsden €20.