Sunday 23 October 2016

Mum of two stole toys and mobile phone

A MOTHER of two who stole an iPhone and toys has been given a three-month suspended sentence provided she continues to attend rehabilitation.

Lorraine Meates (34) was also warned to keep the peace for 18 months after she pleaded guilty to the theft of the phone from Clickheat at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on October 29, 2011.

She further pleaded guilty to the theft of toys valued at €79.96 from Lidl on the Nangor Road, Clondalkin, last December 17.

Meates, of Harelawn Park, Clondalkin, has 10 previous convictions, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Gda Simon Gerrard said Meates was arrested in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre after she stole the iPhone, valued at €400.

It was found on her person and gardai returned it to the shop.

Gda Alma McDonnell gave evidence that Meates was being held by security staff in the car park at Lidl after she was caught stealing the toys, which were recovered and returned to the shop.

Meate's solicitor said she had lost two brothers recently in a short period and has been attending Ballyfermot STAR Rehab and is now off drugs.

Judge David McHugh said he would suspend sentence for a period of 18 months provided Meates continues to attend rehabilitation.

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