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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Mum-of-three used pram to steal clothes for her children

Leann Sutcliffe ‘did not know what she was thinking’
Leann Sutcliffe ‘did not know what she was thinking’

A single mother was caught using a pram to steal clothes for her children from a shop, a court heard.

Mother-of-three Leann Sutcliffe (29) was arrested after she was seen putting €191 worth of clothes into the pram and leaving.

Judge Paula Murphy said she would leave her without a criminal record if she made a €150 charity donation.

Sutcliffe, of Elmdale Drive, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to theft.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at Penneys in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan said the accused went to the store at 2.15pm last Nov- ember 16.

She placed clothing into the bottom of her child's pram and left the shop after passing all points of payment without making any attempt to pay.

Depression

Security personnel stopped her as she left and gardai were called.

The items were recovered intact and returned to the shop. What was taken was predominantly children's clothes.

Sutcliffe had no previous convictions.

The accused had split from her partner, it was a very traumatic break-up and she had been suffering from depression, her lawyer said.

Sutcliffe did not know what she was thinking when she took the clothes. She was in receipt of €190 per week and was not in a very good financial situation.

The clothes she took were for her children. What happened was out of character, and Sutcliffe's lawyer asked Judge Murphy to be as lenient as she could in the circumstances.

The judge adjourned the case and said she would apply the Probation Act if the accused donates €150 to the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

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