'Hardship' led murder victim's ex to steal electric toothbrush
The former partner of a murdered man was going through a "difficult time" when she stole an electric toothbrush, a court has heard.
Tara Fay (44) admitted a series of thefts, including stealing perfume and 10 packets of ham as well petrol on three occasions.
Dublin District Court heard she was due to be a witness in a prosecution and had received threats.
The thefts were "crimes of hardship", her lawyer said.
Fay, of Premier Square, Finglas, pleaded guilty to theft and to driving without insurance.
Judge Kathryn Hutton banned her from driving for four years for uninsured driving and adjourned the other cases for payment of compensation.
The court heard Fay went to Lloyd's Pharmacy on Main Street, Finglas, last July 28.
She took an electric toothbrush worth €30 and left without paying.
It was not recovered, and Fay was later identified on CCTV footage.
The previous May 25, she had gone into the same pharmacy and taken four bottles of Calvin Klein perfume worth €134.
She was again identified through CCTV.
The court heard Fay went to the Esso service station in Finglas on two different dates last year in a Nissan Micra and drove off without paying for petrol. The car was registered to her partner at the time.
On one occasion, she went into the garage, took 10 packets of Denny Ham from the cooler and left without paying. The meat was worth €35.
She also drove away from Topaz in Finglas without paying for petrol. The court heard compensation had been paid for the garage thefts.
She had been driving without insurance at the time.
Fay had spent a long part of her adult life in a relationship with someone who was brutally killed, her lawyer said.
It had been a turbulent, violent and ultimately tragic relationship.
She made statements and was due to be a witness for the prosecution. She had received threats because of this.
Some of her crimes were "crimes of hardship," her lawyer said.
Fay's rented accommodation was due to be sold and it was a very difficult and worrying time for her.