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Addict mum jailed for stealing €453 of perfume and make-up

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Deborah Armstrong was wearing a stolen coat when arrested

Deborah Armstrong was wearing a stolen coat when arrested

Deborah Armstrong was wearing a stolen coat when arrested

A mother-of-two has been given a five-month sentence after she admitted shoplifting hundreds of euro worth of perfume, cosmetics and candles.

Deborah Armstrong (43) had more stolen goods on her when she was arrested and searched.

Judge David McHugh imposed sentence after hearing she had drug addiction issues and had relapsed at the time.

Armstrong, of St Mark's Avenue, Clondalkin admitted stealing perfume and cosmetics worth €453 from Boots, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, last December 4 and candles from Tesco on January 8.

She also pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property on January 8 after she was taken to Ronanstown Garda Station.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that Armstrong was stopped after the Boots Tesco thefts and the property was recovered in a saleable condition.

Convictions

In the garda station, her bag was searched and she had a stolen dress from Quiz with the tag still on it, stolen Wood aftershave and shower gel and a bottle of Dolce & Gabbana Imperatrice perfume, and was wearing a coat taken from Penneys.

Armstrong had 20 previous convictions for offences including theft.

Addiction had been an issue for much of her adult life, her barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.

She had been clean for 12 years, but was then in an accident, started taking pain tablets and "one thing led to another".

She ended up "back in the throes of an addiction she had done so well to get out of".

Armstrong, who had been in custody for seven weeks when she appeared in court, was on methadone. She had been drug-free for the past nine months and there had been "one relapse", Mr MacLoughlin said.