Mum helped pregnant friend steal baby items
Tallaght district Court
A mother-of-four helped her heavily-pregnant friend steal baby products, a court heard.
Kathleen Connors (28) was stopped by gardai driving away from a supermarket and the items were found in the car.
Judge Patrick Clyne convicted and fined Connors €500.
The defendant admitted before Tallaght District Court to stealing groceries valued at €152 from SuperValu in Firhouse. The theft took place on October 11, 2013.
Gda Aine Bolton said Connors and another woman filled two shopping bags with groceries and walked out of the shop without paying.
Gda Bolton said security staff alerted gardai and she stopped Connors in a vehicle a short distance from the scene.
The property was recovered in a resalable condition.
The court heard that Connors, with an address at Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght, has eight previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Connors' co- accused was a juvenile who was heavily-pregnant at the time of the incident.
He said the list of items taken included baby powder, cotton buds, Sudocrem and baby bath gel.
Mr Hennessy said Connors initially denied the charge because she did not understand the law in relation to the theft being a joint venture.
He said Connors is married and has four children.
The court heard the defendant was struggling at the time as her husband was in prison, but he has since been released.
Mr Hennessy said his client wished to apologise for her behaviour.
The court also heard that Connors' co-accused has since given birth to a healthy child.