Compulsive thief was 'encouraged' by alcoholic husband
A compulsive shoplifter stole in a reaction to repressed memories and was "encouraged" to by her alcoholic husband, a court heard.
Wieslawa Liberacka (55) was given her 14th conviction after a spate of thefts, having stolen razor blades and fridge magnets in the latest incident.
Judge Anthony Halpin gave her a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.
Liberacka, of Burnell Court, Malahide Road, Dublin 17, pleaded guilty to theft at Boots, Jervis Centre.
The court heard the accused went to the shop at 2.55pm on May 4 last and selected razor blades, fridge magnets, lens cleaners and a screwdriver set worth a total of €101.
The court was told Liberacka had 13 previous convictions, all of which were for theft.
She was a Polish national who had come to Ireland in 2006, her lawyer said.
She was "extremely remorseful and ashamed of her actions", he said.
She had a troubled upbringing and some personal issues.
The "catalyst which sparked the spate of theft" was that she moved to Ireland with her husband who suffered from alcoholism and "encouraged this behaviour on the part of my client", her lawyer said.
"This is her way of dealing with repressed memories, it's a compulsive reaction," he said.
That relationship came to an end and the defendant is now in a new relationship.
She was in counselling for her compulsive behaviour and making "good progress so far".
Liberacka "greatly appreciated the consequences of her actions".
Her lawyer asked the judge to be as lenient as he could.
Judge Halpin said if the accused was put in custody it would "cure" her compulsion to steal.
"Maybe then she will understand that you just don't do this," the judge said.
He suspended the sentence for two years.