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Sunday 19 November 2017

In-debt mum stole clothes for children

A YOUNG mother who shoplifted clothes for her children was under "huge financial pressure" at the time, with debts of €12,000, a court heard.

Jade Byrne (28) was put on a peace bond for six months after she admitted stealing €138 worth of clothes.

Byrne, a lone parent with an address at Kildare Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to the theft at Marks & Spencer, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on September 30 last.

Blanchardstown District Court heard security staff at the store saw her pick up the items and pass all points of payment before leaving the store.

The accused was a mother of two young children and was under a "huge amount of financial pressure", her solicitor Martin Coen told the court.

She had two loans -- a €7,000 credit union loan and a €5,000 Friends Provident loan and she was in 18 months arrears.

She apologised to the store manager at the time of the theft. Mr Coen told Judge Anthony Halpin that Byrne had been to the Money Advice And Budgeting Service.

The judge said it was clear the accused could not pay back the two loans and advised that she could seek an instalment order on repayments from the courts.

aphelan@herald.ie

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