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'Mother-of-two Daly, of Taaffes Place, Ballybough, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and theft charges.' (stock photo)

'Mother-of-two Daly, of Taaffes Place, Ballybough, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and theft charges.' (stock photo)

'Mother-of-two Daly, of Taaffes Place, Ballybough, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and theft charges.' (stock photo)

A woman who acted as a lookout for two thieves in a series of car break-ins has been ordered to compensate the victims.

Nicole Daly (26) was a "minor player" in the incident, but had been involved by "common design", Dublin District Court heard.

Mother-of-two Daly, of Taaffes Place, Ballybough, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and theft charges.

Judge John Hughes said they were "despicable offences". He gave her a four-month suspended sentence and ordered her to pay €1,350 in compensation within a year.

Smashed

The court heard two men broke into six cars in Dublin 8 on June 10, 2017.

Windows were smashed with an implement and coins and sunglasses were taken.

CCTV showed one of the men handing Daly the implement, which she then hid.

Daly had a "very secondary role", defence solicitor Edward Bradbury said.

She had "significant addiction" problems at the time, which she had since overcome.

She had "settled down dramatically", was now in full-time work and volunteered at a charity soup run, Mr Bradbury added.