'Desperate' mum stole €1,370 worth of goods in spree
A young woman who stole from the same supermarket three times in a month may avoid a prison sentence if she is deemed suitable for community service work.
Michelle Noonan (23) stole €1,370 worth of groceries from Dunnes Stores at The Pavilions Shopping Centre out of "financial desperation", Swords District Court heard.
The mother-of-two was homeless at the time she committed the offences and reacted in an unacceptable way, her solicitor said.
Noonan, of Hazelgrove, Portrane Road, Donabate, who has six previous convictions including for theft and handling stolen property, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft last July 2, 8 and 20 from the supermarket.
Gda Amanda King said security stopped Noonan on July 20 as she was leaving the supermarket with a trolley full of groceries which she did not pay for.
The items amounted to €490 and were recovered, but some of the perishable goods could not be re-sold.
After she was arrested, CCTV footage was viewed by gardai who discovered that Noonan had stolen groceries on two other occasions from the super- market.
The total value of these groceries was €880 and they were not recovered.
Gda King agreed with Noonan's solicitor that no violence was used and she did not become difficult when arrested.
The solicitor asked Judge Dermot Dempsey to afford the defendant an opportunity.
"She is aware she is close to the edge," the solicitor told the hearing.
Judge Dempsey said that if a positive probation report deeming Noonan suitable for community service is handed into court in January he will consider handing her 240 hours of work in lieu of four months in prison.
He also ordered her to come up with €500 in compensation for the supermarket.
"If the report is not satisfactory, it is custody you are facing," Judge Dempsey warned her.