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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mother jailed for breaking into pensioner's home

Mary Bissett started using drugs when she was aged just 12
Mary Bissett started using drugs when she was aged just 12

A mother-of-one who broke into a pensioner's home, robbed another person of a purse, cash and phone and committed a number of thefts from supermarkets and a chemist has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Mary Bissett and another woman broke into the pensioner's home in Clondalkin, setting off the alarm.

The pensioner, who was living alone, identified Bissett and the other women as the two people who broke into the house as both women ended up fighting with each other on the green outside shortly after the break-in, Swords District Court heard.

Bissett, who has 16 previous convictions, admitted committing the burglary, which took place on July 23.

She also pleaded guilty to the theft of €1,174 worth of cosmetics from Boots Chemist at The Mill Shopping Centre in Clondakin on January 31.

Theft

The defendant, of Dale Tree Place, Firhouse in Tallaght, further pleaded guilty to the theft of gammon steaks from Lidl on Thomas Street on December 9 last year and also pleaded guilty to the theft of a purse with €600 and an iPhone 5 from another person on O'Connell Street, Dublin, on July 18 last year.

The court heard Bissett did not use any violence when she burgled the pensioner's home.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Bissett, who is a drug addict, first starting to take drugs at the age of 12.

"She has been clean for periods of time," he said.

He said the 27-year-old, who has one child, is currently in custody serving time for unpaid fines and has apologised to gardai.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a four-month sentence for the theft of the purse, cash and iPhone.

He also convicted and sentenced her to four months for the burglary and convicted and sentenced her to five months for the theft from Boots.

All the sentences are to run concurrently.

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