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Sharon Rowe was in ‘dire financial straits’, the court heard

Sharon Rowe was in ‘dire financial straits’, the court heard

Sharon Rowe was in ‘dire financial straits’, the court heard

A grandmother caught stealing €1,800 worth of perfume products before last Christmas was under huge financial pressure at the time, a court has heard.

Sharon Rowe (44) had been working as a cleaner but had to give it up due to chronic back pain and she had not been getting any social welfare payments.

Judge John Lindsay said he would give the defendant one chance and ordered Rowe to enter into a peace bond for 12 months.

Rowe, of Leo Fitzgerald House, Dublin 2, admitted charges of theft and possession of articles for use in a theft.

The theft took place at Debenhams in the Frascati Shopping Centre, Blackrock, last December 6.

Dun Laoghaire District Court heard that Rowe was stopped by security staff as she tried to leave the store without paying for 18 bottles of perfume.

The total value of the bottles of perfume amounted to €1,835, the court was told.

Foil

The defendant was also found in possession of foil strips, which had been used to cover the security tags so the alarms would not go off.

The property was recovered in a saleable condition, a garda sergeant said.

The court heard Rowe had no previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Miranda Egan-Langley previously said that Rowe's husband died tragically just before Christmas in 1996, and she had suffered post-traumatic health disorder since his death.

The court heard that Rowe had two children and a grandchild.

She had been working two jobs as a cleaner but had to give them up as she suffered from chronic back pain, Ms Egan-Langley said.

As a result, the defendant had no money, was in dire financial straits and was not in receipt of social welfare.

The shoplifting incident took place just before Christmas last year. Ms Langley said that Rowe took the opportunity and made a "very bad decision" to take the goods.

She wished to apologise to the court for her behaviour, the lawyer added.