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Friday 20 October 2017

Mum stole over €500 of toys for Christmas

A YOUNG mother who stole alcohol and children's toys from a Dublin supermarket so she could sell them to make money for Christmas has been remanded on continuing bail for a Probation and Welfare Report.

Judge David McHugh said he is "not so sure" he can leave Julie-Ann Joyce without a conviction after he heard that the items amounted to €511.80.

Joyce (20) of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods in Dublin 9, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to the theft of alcohol, toys and groceries from Tesco at Clearwater Shopping Centre in Finglas on November 25, 2011.

TROLLEY

The court heard that Joyce, who has no previous convictions, filled the shopping trolley with the items and went past all points of payment without attempting to pay for the items.

"She tried to push the trolley out of the shopping centre," said Garda Shane Guinan.

Joyce's solicitor said the young mother, who has an 11-month-old child, suffers from ADHD and that the crime was "indicative of her mental state at the time".

He said Joyce has signed up to do a Beauty Therapy course. Judge David McHugh ordered a Probation and Welfare Report and remanded her on continuing bail to re-appear at the end of April.

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