Pregnant driver failed to pay for petrol
A PREGNANT woman who drove off from a garage after filling her car with €20 worth of petrol insisted she had given the money to her passenger to pay.
Kelly Simpson (33) was found guilty of stealing the petrol after she refused to name the other woman in the car.
Judge Bryan Smyth left her without a conviction at Dublin District Court after she paid compensation to the garage owners.
Simpson, with an address at a hotel in north Dublin, pleaded not guilty to theft of petrol at Maxol, Ringsend Road, Dublin 4 on October 21 last.
The court heard gardai took a report of the theft of €20 worth of petrol and €30 worth of meat products.
Simpson admitted driving the car and filling it with petrol but said she gave her passenger the money to pay for the petrol. The passenger allegedly took the meat products and Ms Simpson said this woman also failed to pay the €20 for the petrol.
"That is the only discreditable thing in the context of this investigation," defence solicitor Peter Connolly said of Ms Simpson's refusal to name the passenger.
The court heard Simpson had no prior convictions, was "embarrassed over the whole thing" and did not wish to give evidence.
Judge Smyth said he did not have sufficient doubt and found the facts proved.