Pregnant mum was battling addiction when she shoplifted
A pregnant mother-of-one caught with stolen clothes in her handbag was battling add- iction problems at the time, a court was told.
Sarah O'Hanlon (24) was found to have the stolen goods as she left a city centre store.
She had damaged the clothes she had taken by ripping the security tags off of them. She also had stolen clothing from an unidentified other shop in her possession.
Judge Bryan Smyth left O'Hanlon without a criminal record after she paid €90 in compensation to the store and €50 to charity.
The defendant, of Granard, Co Longford, had pleaded guilty to theft.
She also admitted causing criminal damage and possession of stolen clothing.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Champion Sports in the Jervis Centre last July 3.
O'Hanlon was detained by security staff as she tried to leave the store.
She had three items of women's clothing worth a total of €90 hidden in her handbag.
The clothes had holes where the security tags had been ripped off and were unsaleable, the court heard.
Three other items, worth around €50, were in the bag, and she admitted she had taken them too, but the shop they came from was not identified.
O'Hanlon had no previous convictions. She is a single parent and due to have her second child in a few weeks, her solicitor Niall O'Connor said.
O'Hanlon had addiction difficulties at the time of the theft but had conquered them, he added. Her sponsor was in court with her.
Judge Smyth said that as one store could not be identified, the €50 compensation should go to Focus Ireland.