Destitute young mum stole neighbour's watch to sell for cash
A single mother-of-three who stole a neighbour's designer watch and sold it to the victim's friend was told by a judge: "You can't get much lower, can you?"
Catriona Noctor (29) had had her gas and electricity cut off and her house was "freezing cold" when she went into her neighbour's home and took the watch to sell for cash, a court heard.
Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against her for the preparation of a pre-sentence probation report.
Noctor, of Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to theft at her neighbour's house on the same street last September 22.
Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court the accused went into the house on the day and asked her neighbour for a lighter.
A Michael Kors watch worth €500 was on a counter and the accused took it and sold it to a friend of her neighbour, Sgt Callaghan said.
The friend later returned the watch to the victim.
Separately, Noctor also admitted stealing €267 worth of cosmetics from Boots, Liffey Valley, on December 12.
Noctor appeared in court in custody after being arrested for the latest shoplifting offence.
The accused was "on the poverty line" and "appears to be somewhat destitute", her barrister Jennifer Jackson said.
Her gas and electricity supply had both been cut off and her house was "freezing cold."
She had taken out a credit union loan last Christmas for her children and was still paying that back, which left her with very little money, Ms Jackson said.
Noctor had become pregnant in her teens and was later involved in a "rather bad relationship".
Her ex-partner was now incarcerated, Ms Jackson continued.
"You can't get much lower, can you? A neighbour stealing a watch and selling it on to a friend of the injured party," Judge McHugh said.
Noctor wept and repeatedly blessed herself during the hearing, and Judge McHugh asked her to be quiet.
Ms Jackson accepted that "it doesn't get much worse than that", and said her client's circumstances "really are very grim".
Judge McHugh adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report. The defendant was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear in court again in February.