Saturday 19 January 2019

Mum-of-3 was stealing to help pay for husband's heroin habit

Kathleen Joyce
Kathleen Joyce

A woman caught stealing groceries was struggling financially at the time due to her husband's heroin addiction.

Kathleen Joyce (27) was often the "victim of his wrath" and was stealing to help him, a court heard.

Her husband was now serving a prison sentence, her lawyer said, and Joyce claimed she would not take him back unless he was clean of drugs.

Judge Anne Watkin ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in April.

The defendant, of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing groc- eries worth €40 from Tesco in Blackrock on September 16, 2016.

The court heard the defendant had 47 previous convictions, including 14 for theft-related offences.


Defence solicitor Kim Moloney said Joyce was married with three young children.

She said her client's marriage was dysfunctional and her husband had a heroin problem.

He was now serving a prison sentence, and was not due for release until April 2020.

Ms Moloney said Joyce had never taken drugs and had no drink or drug problems.

She said she was often the victim of "her husband's wrath" and she was stealing to help him feed his habit.

The court heard Joyce served a sentence in Dochas last year and this had been a "sharp shock" to her.

Ms Moloney also said Joyce would only take her husband back if he was completely free of drugs.

Ordering a probation report, Judge Watkin said she was satisfied the couple had been "living a criminal lifestyle" together.

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