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Saturday 19 August 2017

Teenage shoplifter 'naive and easily led'

A shop sign at a branch of TK Maxx,
A shop sign at a branch of TK Maxx,

A TEENAGER caught shoplifting with two men is naive and easily led, a court has heard.

Chantelle O'Brien (18) put clothing worth €276 into a foil-lined bag and walked out of a shop without paying.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined O'Brien €20, saying a conviction will "help concentrate her mind".

The defendant, of Pairc Na Silla Court, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to theft and possession of a foil-lined bag at TK Maxx in Blanchardstown last December 9.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court O'Brien walked around the department store with two males, putting items of clothing into a large bag.

She said they left the store with the clothing, valued at €276, but were stopped by security.

Sgt Callaghan said it was subsequently discovered that the large shopping bag was foil-lined. The court heard O'Brien had never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said O'Brien is a naive young woman who is easily led.

She is unemployed and left school at 16 years without any qualifications.

Mr MacLoughlin said O'Brien, who is engaged to be married, was sorry for her behaviour.

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