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Mountjoy Prison (stock image)

Mountjoy Prison (stock image)

Mountjoy Prison (stock image)

A pregnant thief with 133 previous convictions has been jailed for eight months despite voicing concerns about "health issues" in prison during the coronavirus crisis.

Helen Green (31) was sentenced for her latest offences, including at attempted theft from a backpacker in Dublin city centre.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave her three consecutive sentences.

Green, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to charges including attempted theft and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard Green approached a man on O'Connell Street at 2pm on March 3 and opened the zip on his backpack, trying to remove the contents.

When he noticed this happ- ening, he pulled away and Green became abusive.

When she was questioned for obstructively begging on O'Connell Street on the same day, she gave gardai "numerous names and dates of birth".

Green was also abusive and aggressive towards staff and members of the public at Londis on Westmoreland Street on January 26.

Screaming

She was screaming at people and hitting a window and gardai arrested her.

On January 24, gardai found her and a man smoking heroin in the city centre.

When told to stop, Green became extremely abusive and aggressive and was arrested.

Green had previous convictions for theft, public order breaches and other offences.

Her solicitor, Stephen O'Mahony, said she had become involved with drugs in her early teens before progressing on to harder types. Her main issue now was heroin.

She had had a lot of trouble trying to get off it, but was doing well in custody.

She was highly regarded in the prison service and did not cause problems, but when she gets back out she "falls into bad habits", Mr O'Mahony said.

Green was three months pregnant with her first child when she appeared in court and was "concerned about the general health issues" in Mountjoy's Dochas Centre, where inmates have been in isolation.

Mr O'Mahony asked the judge to give her "some light at the end of the tunnel".

The judge said he took everything into account and set recognisances.