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Husband Shops with wife so she doesn't steal again

THE husband of a woman who shoplifted groceries from a supermarket now goes shopping with her to ensure that it does not happen again, a court heard.

Iraqi woman Zainebs Abdul Jalil (44) said she was very distressed about the shoplifting, which she felt had brought dishonour to her family.

Judge Ann Ryan ordered Jalil, who has never been in trouble before, to donate €100 to the Laura Lynn Foundation and she struck out the charge.



Jalil, of Brehan Grove, Kingston in Ballinteer, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a charge of theft.

The shoplifting offence took place at Superquinn in Ballinteer on January 18 last.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said Jalil entered the store with her daughter shortly before 2.30pm, filled a shopping basket and walked out without paying for some of the groceries.

She was stopped by security staff and the items, worth €33.68, were recovered.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Jalil, an unemployed mother-of-three, is originally from Iraq but has lived in Ireland for 11 years.

Mr Lynam said the theft was not a professional operation, and that Jalil purchased some items and took the others.

He said Jalil and her husband were very distressed about the incident which had brought dishonour to the family.

The court heard that Jalil's husband now goes shopping with her to ensure a similar incident does not happen.

Judge Ryan struck out the charge, leaving her without a conviction.