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Monday 5 December 2016

Woman used false ID to buy €3k of furniture

A woman who used a false driving licence to purchase nearly €3,000 worth of furniture a week before she stole a trolley full of groceries, had a bench warrant issued for her arrest after she failed to appear before Swords District Court
A woman who used a false driving licence to purchase nearly €3,000 worth of furniture a week before she stole a trolley full of groceries, had a bench warrant issued for her arrest after she failed to appear before Swords District Court

A WOMAN who used a false driving licence to purchase nearly €3,000 worth of furniture a week before she stole a trolley full of groceries, had a bench warrant issued for her arrest after she failed to appear before Swords District Court.

Helen McDonnell (25) was previously given time to prove that she has a repayment meeting set up with the furniture store after she had pleaded guilty to the offences. However, she failed to appear before the court yesterday and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

McDonnell, of Gardiner's Hill in Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at a previous court sitting to using a false driving licence to purchase €2,909 worth of furniture on credit from Harvey Norman at Airside Retail Park in Swords on November 21 last year.

She further pleaded guilty to the theft of groceries worth €317.55 from Dunnes Stores at The Pavilions Shopping Centre on November 30 last year.

Garda Gerard Oakes gave evidence that at 12pm on the day McDonnell used a false driving licence to buy the furniture which she later had collected.

Garda Thomas Murphy said on November 30 security at the Pavilions Shopping Centre called gardai to say they were monitoring a man and a woman who filled a trolley and left Dunnes Stores without paying.

He said McDonnell, who has no previous convictions, attempted to push the trolley out of the centre but fled and was arrested on the Malahide Road a short time later.

Her barrister Patrick Jackson said the married woman had a "lapse of reason" when she engaged in using the false ID, and he did not know why she had failed to appear in court.

Judge Dempsey issued the warrant, saying she has been "afforded every opportunity".

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