Sunday 26 January 2020

Bail refused for theft accused mum who said coat was a gift

Deborah Armstrong also told gardai she was returning items. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Deborah Armstrong also told gardai she was returning items. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

A mother-of-two has been denied bail after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and possession of stolen property.

A judge said he had "no hesitation" in refusing bail to Deborah Armstrong (44), who is accused of having stolen clothes and cosmetics on her when stopped for allegedly shoplifting candles.

Blanchardstown District Court heard she told gardai one item was a Christmas present.

Ms Armstrong, from St Mark's Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with stealing perfume and cosmetics worth €453 from Boots, Liffey Valley, last December 4 and candles from Tesco on January 8.

She is also charged with four counts of possession of stolen property on January 8, after she was taken to Ronanstown Garda Station.

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The property is aftershave and shower gel, a coat with tags from Penneys, a pink Quiz dress and a bottle of Dolce & Gabbana L'Imperatrice perfume.

Garda Claire Higgins told the court in relation to one of the charges, the accused replied: "That is not stolen property."

To the charge of having a stolen dress, she replied: "I was bringing it back to be changed in Quiz."

To another charge, she said: "My mam got me that coat... for Christmas. That was paid for, it was my Christmas present."

She replied to another charge: "They weren't robbed, they were getting brought back for gift vouchers, none of these items were stolen."

Ms Armstrong's lawyer asked the judge to grant her bail, saying she would abide by "very strict terms".

Judge David McHugh refused and remanded Ms Armstrong in custody, to appear in court again next week.

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