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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hairdresser stole €45 of clothes from shop

Hairdresser Ella Lockhart admitted stealing clothes worth €45
Hairdresser Ella Lockhart admitted stealing clothes worth €45

A hairdresser who shoplifted clothes from a store had been going through a bad time, a court heard.

Judge Grainne O'Neill fined her €250 after hearing she had a prior conviction for a similar offence.

Ella Lockhart (24), of Glenhilton, Herbert Road, Bray, pleaded guilty to theft.

Bray District Court heard the incident happened at Lifestyle Sports on the town's Main Street on February 16 last.

Lockhart went to the shop and took clothes worth €45, then left without paying.

She was stopped outside and the goods were recovered.

The court heard Lockhart had removed the security tags, but the property was not damaged.

Lockhart had been out of work at the time of the theft, her solicitor Joe Maguire said.

She had been going through a bad stage in her life and had been drinking at the time, he added.

"She apologises for her behaviour on this occasion," Mr Maguire said.

Returned

Lockhart had since "straightened herself out" and got her life back on track.

Mr Maguire said the accused had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and pointed out that the property had been returned.

The court heart Lockhart had a previous theft conviction.

Judge O'Neill noted that the accused was "not a stranger to the court," before imposing the fine.

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