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Friday 24 November 2017

Gran used stolen bank cards to buy food for children

Lynn Claxton (38)
Lynn Claxton (38)

A grandmother used bank cards stolen in a mugging to buy meals for her children at a fast-food restaurant.

Lynn Claxton (38) was also caught with a bottle of perfume stolen in the robbery after gardai searched her home.

Judge David McHugh ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to June, saying it was "a very serious matter".

The defendant, with addresses at Cardiffsbridge Avenue and Ratoath Avenue, both Finglas, admitted to handling a stolen MasterCard credit card and Visa debit card as well as a bottle of Jo Malone perfume.

She further admitted to a charge of theft at McDonald's in Finglas, all on February 6, 2015.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said the mugging victim was walking home from the gym at about 6.30pm when a man approached her from behind, held a knife to her neck and stole her handbag.

He fled in a Fiat car, in which Claxton was a passenger.

Sgt Callaghan said Claxton had no involvement in the robbery.

However, the victim's bank card was used by her to buy food in McDonald's for her children.

Frightening

Gardai subsequently searched Claxton's home at Ratoath Avenue and found a bottle of perfume, which the victim confirmed had been in her handbag at the time of the robbery.

The court heard Claxton has no previous convictions.

In a victim impact statement, the young woman said the robbery had been a terrible and frightening experience.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Claxton was very ashamed of her behaviour.

He said the alleged robber was charged and is due to face trial.

In relation to Claxton, Mr Fleming said she was "associating with someone for protection from another".

The court heard that Claxton has five children and two grandchildren.

She has had difficulties with hard drugs from a young age, but has also been sober for long periods.

She is currently stabilised on methadone and trying to reduce her daily intake.

Mr Fleming said Claxton was in a relationship for seven years but this had deteriorated and she found herself homeless and took up with the other individual.

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