Thursday 27 June 2019

Cash-strapped mum who stole a handbag had 'form' for theft

Mum Leanna Kenny stole a handbag as ‘funds were low’
Mum Leanna Kenny stole a handbag as ‘funds were low’

A mother-of-one who stole a handbag from a city centre store had "form" for theft, a court heard.

Leanna Kenny (26) took the bag last February 19 while she was paying for other goods and "funds were low".

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for a probation report.

Kenny, with an address at a hostel on Gardiner Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to theft.

She went to Penneys on Mary Street and selected a number of items from around the store. She paid for most of the items, but not a €14 handbag.

She left the shop with the bag but was stopped by security and gardai were called.

The bag was recovered undamaged and in a saleable condition.

Kenny was co-operative with the gardai and gave them "no trouble", the court heard.


She had a number of previous theft convictions.

Kenny was on social welfare, she and her partner had a young child and "funds were low", her solicitor Matthew De Courcy said.

She apologised for the offence, he added.

Kenny had had difficulties with drugs in the past but had "progressed significantly", Mr De Courcy said.

She was on methadone and in stable accommodation.

The birth of her child had been a catalyst for change for her, and she had made "massive strides", Mr De Courcy said.

He accepted that while the value of the goods was low, "there is form".

Judge Ryan said she was taking account of the low value of what was taken, but Kenny had "quite a number of previous convictions".

The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

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