'Distracted' mum left shop still wearing shoes she had tried on
A young mother who walked out of a shop wearing a pair of shoes she had not paid for was distracted by her baby at the time, a court heard.
Amy Mulcahy (23) was prosecuted for shoplifting after she discarded her own shoes and left the Dublin city centre shop without paying.
She admitted a theft charge, but insisted in court she had forgotten she was wearing the shoes and offered to pay for them when she was stopped.
Judge Anthony Halpin applied the Probation Act, leaving her without a criminal record.
Mulcahy, of Ardmore Drive, Fortunestown, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to stealing the shoes at Dunnes Stores, Ilac Centre, last December 5.
Dublin District Court heard Mulcahy entered Dunnes Stores at 6.45pm and took a pair of shoes worth €30 from a shelf.
She discarded her own footwear and put the shoes on.
She walked out of the shop without making any attempt to pay, a garda told the court.
She was stopped outside the store by security and gardai were called.
She had no previous convictions of any kind.
Mulcahy had her baby in a buggy with her when she tried on the shoes in the shop, her lawyer told the judge. It was only when she left the shop that she realised they were still on her feet.
She was walking back to the store when she was stopped, and offered to pay for the shoes, but staff would not let her because they had called gardai.
The accused was distracted by her child at the time of the incident, it was claimed.
"The problem is, they hear that every day," Judge Halpin said.
"I was only two to three steps outside Dunnes Stores and I said, 'Oh my God', I was walking back in and I saw the two security guards pointing at me," Mulcahy told the court.
"I said I realised I forgot to pay for them. I said, 'I will pay for them', and they said, 'No, you won't'."