'Maybe a stint in jail may help', judge tells grieving clothes thief
A thief who claimed a "dark cloud" has hung over her since the death of her mother and sister has been given a final chance to work with the Probation Service.
Hannah Megsi (30) has been told she will face custody if she does not comply.
Judge Dermot Dempsey was told that Megsi had not engaged with the Probation Service since last May.
"I will give you one final opportunity and you better comply, otherwise you are facing custody," said the judge.
Megsi, of Brookdale Drive, Rivervalley, Swords, admitted stealing clothing worth €20 from Penneys on Main Street, Swords, on February 2 last year.
Swords District Court previously heard Megsi went into Penneys, picked up some clothing and placed it on top of a buggy.
She then concealed the items with a jacket. Megsi paid for some items before leaving the store with the concealed items.
Last May, Judge Dempsey ordered the defendant to work with the Probation Service.
However, she did not attend any appointments. Fiona D'Arcy, defending, said the defendant had lost her sister and mother and "a dark cloud" hung over her.
"She wants to do better and get her life on track and is willing to engage with the Probation Service," said Ms D'Arcy.
"She is asking for one last chance."
However, Judge Dempsey said Megsi had been given an opportunity but "flung it back on the court".
"Maybe a stint inside might help her?" Judge Dempsey remarked before giving her one final opportunity to engage with the service.