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Sunday 18 August 2019

Cash-strapped mum stole clothes from charity shop

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A pregnant mother-of-three who stole clothing from a Dublin charity shop was struggling with debts at the time, a court heard.

Bridget Connors (23) took clothing from the same St Vincent de Paul shop twice in the space of a week.

Judge Paula Murphy ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in October.

The defendant, with an address at Cherryfield Way, Firhouse, admitted two counts of theft when she appeared before Tallaght District Court.

The incidents took place at St Vincent de Paul in Firhouse last February 5 and February 12.

Gda Padraic Syron said that on the first date Connors took clothing valued at €40.

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She returned a week later and took more clothing, this time worth €50.

Gda Syron added that Connors was caught on CCTV while walking out of the shop without paying for the goods.

Gardai viewed the footage and identified Connors as the culprit.

The court heard the defendant had one previous conviction for a theft-related matter.

Defence lawyer Stephen Montgomery said Connors was a mother-of-three children and was pregnant with her fourth.

He said the defendant took the clothing because she had debts at the time.

He said she had the €90 in court and she wished to apologise for her behaviour.

Mr Montgomery also said that Connors was willing to work with the Probation Service.

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