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Sunday 4 December 2016

Mum stole 'because she was on drugs'

Lorraine Myles has 34 previous convictions and avoided jail
Lorraine Myles has 34 previous convictions and avoided jail

A mother who stole perfume from a pharmacy carried out the theft because she was on drugs, a court has heard.

Lorraine Myles (37) was given a six-month sentence, which was suspended for two years, for stealing the perfume from Boots pharmacy at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

The offence happened over two-and-a-half years ago.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court the defendant went into the pharmacy on the day and selected €83 worth of perfume.

She then past all points of payment and left the store without attempting to pay for the items.

Myles was stopped by security staff a short time later.

The perfume was recovered and Myles was arrested and charged by gardai.

Myles, of Muirhevnamor in Dundalk, pleaded guilty to the theft on January 31, 2013.

The defendant's solicitor said: "The reason she stole the items was because she was using drugs at the time.

Convictions

"She is now off drugs," said the solicitor, adding that Myles is pregnant with her fourth child.

The court heard Myles has 34 previous convictions, including three for driving without insurance.

Judge David McHugh handed down the six-month sentence which he suspended for two years.

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