Thief who stole odd pair of boots was 'out of sorts' and mourning her sister
A widow who stole an odd pair of boots was "out of sorts" following the death of her sister, a court heard.
Noleen Farrell (61) has struggled with alcohol since her husband died by suicide in 2005.
Judge Anne Watkin imposed a three-month sentence but suspended it for 12 months.
The defendant admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing an odd pair of boots, worth €240.
The incident took place at Marks & Spencer, Dundrum Shopping Centre on December 13, 2015.
Sergeant Peadar McCann said Farrell was stopped by security staff as she left the store with the boots.
Sgt McCann said that when she was searched Farrell was found with €95 worth of clothing which had been taken from Penneys, also in Dundrum Shopping Centre.
The court heard that Farrell has five previous convictions dating back to the 1990s, including a Circuit Court conviction for forgery of cheques.
Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Farrell was "out of sorts" on the day in question.
Ms Moloney said the defendant's sister passed away in November. She said the pair were close and the defendant had struggled to cope with her death.
Ms Moloney said Farrell also suffers from tremors due to a brain injury after she was knocked down in 2008.
Ms Moloney said the defendant's husband died by suicide in 2005, and Farrell started drinking after his death.
The lawyer said alcohol became a major problem for Farrell, but she was now sober, attending Alcoholics Anonymous and trying to get into Cuan Mhuire for treatment.
Ms Moloney also said the theft "wasn't calculated given it was an odd pair of boots".
The court also heard that Farrell - with an address at Bawnlea estate in Tallaght - was very sorry for what she had done and had apologised to gardai.