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Thursday 17 August 2017

Mum stole Christmas presents for her kids

A MOTHER stole football jerseys on Christmas Eve because she had no money and she was desperate to get presents for her children, a court heard.

Linda Dunne (41) wanted to have a present for her three children on Christmas morning.

Judge David McHugh sentenced Dunne to four months in prison.

The defendant, with an address at Fortlawn Avenue in Clonsilla, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a number of football jerseys, worth €249.

The shop-lifting, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act, took place at Lifestyle Sports in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on December 24 last year.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Dunne entered Lifestyle Sports and picked up the football jerseys, and walked out without paying for them.

Sgt Callaghan said Dunne was stopped by security staff and the property was recovered in a saleable condition.

The court heard that Dunne has 40 previous convictions, and is currently serving a sentence after the Circuit Court activated a suspended sentence.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said that Dunne is a mother of three children.

Ms Jackson said the defendant took the football jerseys because it was Christmas Eve and she was desperate to get presents for her children.

The court heard that Dunne has a lot of difficulties and has battled a heroin addiction for 22 years.

Ms Jackson said Dunne has been on methadone for 18 months and for the first time in her life she was stabilised on it.

However, the court heard that Dunne had a slip shortly before Christmas, and she was caught stealing.

The court heard that Dunne is currently in the Dochas Centre and is not due for release until February 2016.

Ms Jackson asked the judge not to extend Dunne's sentence.

Judge McHugh imposed a four month sentence, effectively immediately.

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