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Thursday 8 December 2016

Shoplifting nurse's aide assaulted security man

Danielle Cronin was distraught after the death of a friend
Danielle Cronin was distraught after the death of a friend

A nurse's aide who assaulted a store security guard when she was caught shoplifting had stopped working and developed a cannabis problem after the death of a friend, a court was told.

Danielle Cronin (27) hit the doorman during a struggle after he stopped her stealing clothes.

Cronin pleaded guilty to charges of theft and assault at Penneys, Blanchardstown Centre, on March 20, 2013.

Judge David McHugh dismissed the charges under the Probation Act, leaving her without a criminal record.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that Cronin, formerly of Waterside Park, Malahide Road, Swords, went to the shop at 2.15pm.

She was stopped after stealing €197 worth of clothes.

A struggle ensued involving "a lot of moving" by both parties which had "resulted in contact with the security guard's arm and back", said Gda Claire McCarthy.

The accused was in an agitated state at the time. The goods were recovered in a saleable state and returned to the store.

Cronin had since apologised to both the security guard and the garda and had no prior convictions of any kind.

She had been badly affected by discovering the body of her friend, who had died three weeks earlier, her solicitor Mark Quinn said.

Treatment

She had worked previously as a nurse's aide but found she could not continue in that role and developed a cannabis problem.

She had since gone for treatment and was about to start a course in digital photography.

Garda McCarthy told Judge McHugh she accepted this.

The judge said there was strong mitigation in the case and noted the "traumatic event" the accused had experienced.

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