De-tagging thief stole €200 of clothing
A WOMAN stole nearly €200 worth of clothing from a Swords department store because she was going through personal difficulties, Swords District Court has heard.
Natalia Mereacre (30), of Boyne Court, Dunboyne, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the theft of €184 worth of clothes from Dunnes Stores at The Pavilions Shopping Centre last November 18.
She further pleaded guilty to being in possession of a security de-tagger on the same date.
Sgt Bob Kavanagh gave evidence that Mereacre was stopped by security staff after she passed all points of payment and had left the store.
The clothes were recovered and the security de-tagger was found on her.
Mereacre's solicitor said the theft offence was uncharacteristic of the defendant, who works in a family paving business.
"She was going through personal difficulties at the time," the solicitor said, adding that Mereacre has been living in Ireland for the past 13 years.
The solicitor asked Judge Dermot Dempsey to take into consideration her previous good behaviour when handing down a sentence.
He requested a probation and welfare report to be compiled for the end of June and he will decide what action to take then.