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Monday 24 July 2017

Welfare mum took hair care products after hair care thefts

Security stopped Amy McLoughlin outside the supermarket and gardai were called
Security stopped Amy McLoughlin outside the supermarket and gardai were called

A mother-of-two who stole hair products from a supermarket made a "terrible mistake", a court heard.

Amy McLoughlin (33) paid for shopping in her trolley but left without paying for the hair products which were in a bag.

Judge James Faughnan left her without a conviction when she appeared before Dublin District Court. He dismissed the charge under the Probation Act.

McLoughlin, of Newbury Avenue, Clonshaugh, admitted stealing hair products worth €22 from Dunnes Stores, Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock, last September 19.

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The court heard the accused went to the shop at 1pm, made her way around and placed the items in a bag she had separate to her trolley.

She paid for the items in the trolley but not those in the bag. Security stopped her outside, the gardai were called and she was arrested.

McLoughlin had no previous convictions and was living alone with her children, said her lawyer.

The accused had done a course in social studies and had worked in that area but was now on social welfare and caring for her children.

At the time of the offence, she had lost someone very close to her.

She realised she made a "very terrible mistake".

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