Shoplifter caught with €2,600 of designer handbags
A mother-of-two caught shoplifting designer handbags worth more than €2,000 had been taking drugs since the age of 12, a court has heard.
Nicola Garland (39) had been a "functioning addict" for 20 years before her problem escal- ated after her partner's death.
Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case to a date later this month for a probation report.
Garland, of Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to theft.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at TK Maxx in the Ilac Centre last September 18.
A garda sergeant said Garland entered the store at 6pm and stole 10 designer bags worth a total of €2,641.
She passed all points of payment and was stopped by security. The bags were recovered and returned in a saleable condition.
Separately, Garland went to Boots in the Jervis Centre last April 8 and stole €614 worth of cosmetics. She was stopped as she left the store.
Garland had begun taking drugs at a very young age, her solicitor Caroline Egan said. She had been a functioning addict, managing at home and paying her bills.
However, her partner died three years ago and,, since then, she was not coping and "things have escalated", Ms Egan said.
Garland was already in custody when her case came before the court. When she went into prison she "wasn't looking well" and was quite ill.
She was now doing better, Ms Egan said.