Shoplifting mum begs judge not to jail her
A MOTHER-of-one caught shoplifting is struggling to support herself and her child on a limited budget, a court heard.
Catherine Gore, (32) begged a judge not to send her to jail, saying she has no family support and has rent, loans and bills to pay.
Judge Denis McLoughlin ordered Gore to complete 120 hours community service instead of three months in prison.
The defendant, of St Canice's Square in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing items worth €66 from Maxi Zoo, Finglas Shopping Centre on January 7.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Gore was identified from CCTV footage.
Gore further admitted to stealing clothing worth €12 from Heatons in Finglas on November 21, 2014.
The court heard the defendant has three previous convictions.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Gore is a lone parent with one child.
Mr O'Doherty said the defendant is on anti-depressants and has no drink or drug problems.
He said Gore is trying to support herself and her child on limited means. She also has a loan and rent to pay as well as electricity and gas bills.
Ordering Gore to complete community service, Judge McLoughlin said that she has to learn there are consequences to her actions.