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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mum-of-four sold stolen items to 'keep wolf from the door'

Denise Fitzsimons
Denise Fitzsimons

A mother-of-four who got involved in buying stolen clothes online to sell them had been trying to make money to "keep the wolf from the door".

Denise Fitzsimons (41) had more than €3,600 worth of clothes in her home when it was raided by gardai.

Adjourning the case, Judge Michael Walsh said she could avoid a four-month prison sentence if she was found suitable for 160 hours of community service.

Fitzsimons, of Boolavogue Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property.

Dublin District Court heard gardai carried out a search of the defendant's home on May 20 this year.

Numerous items of clothing, with a total value of €3,675, were found. They had been stolen from shops, including River Island, Zara and H&M.

An "amount of cash" had also been recovered, a garda sergeant said.

Gardai had problems trying to locate all the various owners.

Foolishly

It was wrong to say the clothes were fully intact, as the labels had been removed in some cases and the clothes were unsaleable, the garda sergeant added.

Fitzsimons had no previous convictions of any kind.

The accused was not involved in the actual thefts, her lawyer said. She had "foolishly" bought the clothes over the internet with a view to selling them on.

Fitzsimons was "immediately compliant" with gardai and made admissions.

Some of the items seized by gardai in the search were the defendant's own clothes and these were returned to her.

The accused worked in a supermarket and had four children.

She was trying to make some money "to keep the wolf from the door", her lawyer said.

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to a date in October for a community service suitability report.

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