Childcare worker stole from shops to fuel drug addiction
A childcare worker who stole nearly €2,000 worth of cosmetics from a pharmacy was in a volatile relationship and in the throes of a drug addiction at the time.
Kerry Ann Kiely (23) claimed she was "a nervous wreck" about the possibility of going to jail.
Judge David McHugh sentenced her to 230 hours of community service in lieu of five months in prison.
The defendant, of Bunratty Road, Coolock and Elmfield Vale, Clare Hall, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing cosmetics and beauty products worth €1,962 from Boots, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, last August 4.
Kiely further admitted stealing clothes valued at €236 from H&M in Liffey Valley on April 6 last year.
In both cases, gardai said Kiely was apprehended as she left the stores and the goods were recovered in a re-saleable condition.
The court heard that Kiely had 10 previous convictions, including five for theft-related matters.
Defence solicitor John Shanley said the defendant was abusing drugs at the time of these offences. He said Kiely was also in a volatile relationship, which had since ended, and she was now with a new partner.
Mr Shanley said the defendant was throwing herself "at the mercy of the court" and was "a nervous wreck" about going to jail.
The court heard that Kiely had previously worked in childcare before her drug addiction got out of hand.
Mr Shanley said Kiely was now free of all drugs and was focused on remaining clean.
The court also heard that the thefts were opportunistic and Kiely was stealing to feed her habit.