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Tuesday 16 October 2018

New mum who shoplifted clothes and sheets has charge struck out

Deborah Ryan had taken a Valium on the day, a court heard
Deborah Ryan had taken a Valium on the day, a court heard

A new mum who stole bed sheets and clothes four weeks after giving birth had taken a Valium at the time, a court has heard.

Deborah Ryan (28) avoided a theft conviction after she admitted taking the goods at a west Dublin shop.

Judge David McHugh struck the charge out at Blanchardstown District Court.

Ryan, of Cashel Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to stealing bed sheets and clothes worth €48.

The shoplifting took place at Penneys in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre last June 29.

Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed a summary trial of the matter in the district court.

Security

Sgt McManigan said Ryan entered the store at 5.50pm, picked up a number of items and passed all points of payment, leaving the store without attempting to pay for them.

The defendant was stopped by security staff as she left the store. Gardai were called.

The court heard Ryan had no prior convictions, other than for a road traffic offence in 2014. She had no record for theft.

Ryan was a single mother who had given birth to her first child weeks earlier, her solicitor Brian Coveney said.

She had taken a Valium on the day in question.

Ryan worked as a caterer and was currently on maternity leave, Mr Coveney said.

Her workplace was in an establishment that required garda vetting.

He asked the judge to be as lenient as he could and leave the defendant without a conviction.

Judge McHugh agreed to strike the charge out.

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