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Friday 20 October 2017

Mum stole alcohol for Christening celebration

A MOTHER-of-two shoplifted alcopops from a supermarket, because she had not "adequately prepared" for a Christening party, a court heard.

Kayleigh Byrne (21) avoided conviction when she admitted stealing the bottles of WKD at a west Dublin store.

Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act after she admitted the theft at Blanchardstown District Court.

Byrne, of Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to stealing eight bottles of blue WKD worth €12 at Dunnes Stores, Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, on May 24 last.

The charge is under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The court heard the defendant went to the shop at 2.05pm on the day and took the bottles, then left without paying.

Prepared

There had been a family celebration at the time and the accused felt she had not "adequately prepared for that," her solicitor Kelly Breen said.

She explained to Judge McHugh that it was a Christening.

Ms Byrne had "financial restraints" at the time and took a chance by taking the 
alcohol.

The judge dismissed the charge under the Probation Act.

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