Saturday 22 September 2018

Mum shoplifted with pram only days after court case

Sinead Lennon
Sinead Lennon

A woman who used a pram to shoplift groceries went out stealing only three days after a court had ordered a probation report on her for another offence.

Sinead Lennon (35) had been on bail with the report pending when she stole again, a court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth agreed to further adjourn the case for an updated report before he decides on a penalty.


The court heard Lennon went to the Fresh supermarket in Smithfield at 2.15pm last November 13 and put groceries and cosmetics worth €37 into her pram.

She passed all points of payment and left the store but was later identified.

She attended the Bridewell Garda Station by appointment and was arrested and charged.

The court heard that in another incident, last February, Lennon went into Marks and Spencer on Mary Street and stole various items of clothing worth €425.

She hid them on her person and left the shop without making any attempt to pay, a garda said.

Lennon was stopped outside by security staff, the goods were recovered and the gardai were called.

Lennon had a large number of previous convictions and knew she was facing a possible custodial sentence, her barrister Edel Gilligan said.

Judge Smyth said on a previous date that Lennon pleaded guilty to a number of charges and a probation report had been ordered.

Ms Gilligan asked the judge to adjourn the case for eight weeks.

She said the accused had a young child who was with a friend waiting outside the courtroom.


"Three days after she had her case adjourned to assist her, she is out again re-offending," Judge Smyth said.

"She can't have it every way - she either wants to cooperate, and that means not re-offending, or she doesn't.

"There are victims in relation to the offending. It's not all about Ms Lennon."

Lennon, with an address at Smithfield Gate, North King Street, in Dublin's north inner city, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to two counts of theft.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in June for an updated probation report. Lennon was remanded on continuing bail.

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