Thieves 'under pressure at Christmas'
TWO women who stole more than €1,900 worth of gift sets from a pharmacy were under financial pressure at Christmas, a court heard.
Ballyfermot women Megan Barrett (22) and Sarah McCarthy (43) both admitted theft charges when they appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.
Judge David McHugh convicted them and fined them €50 each over the thefts at Boots, Liffey Valley.
Barrett, of Decies Road, admitted stealing €1,061 worth of perfume and toiletries while McCarthy, of Raheen Park, pleaded guilty to taking €870 worth.
Gda Claire Higgins told Blanchardstown District Court the incident happened last December 22.
The court heard the accused went to the shop at 5.40pm and took the property before passing all points of payment.
They were stopped by security personnel and arrested.
Both defendants were co-operative and the goods were all returned intact to the shop.
Barrett, a lone parent, was in "very tight financial circumstances" at the time of the incident coming up to Christmas, her solicitor Lorraine Stephens said.
The mother-of-one was in receipt of social welfare.
Ms Stephens said she appreciated the cost of the goods taken was "very high", but explained that with perfumes the value accumulated rapidly.
Barrett had learned her lesson and the experience had been "very traumatic" for her.
McCarthy, a mother-of-four, was in receipt of disability allowance and taking medication for a condition.
She had also been in "dire financial circumstances" at the time.
"It was a huge error - a grave error of judgment," Ms Stephens said.
Neither accused had any previous convictions.
Judge McHugh said they would now have a conviction each.