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Friday 16 November 2018

Shoplifter had a 'slip' in 20-year drug battle

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A shoplifter caught stealing clothing from a department store had experienced a "slip" in her 20-year battle with heroin.

Mary Murray (41) was stopped by security staff as she walked out of the store.

The defendant, of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing clothing worth €37 from Dunnes Stores in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on April 21 last year.

Grips

The court heard Murray picked up the clothing and walked out without paying. She was stopped by staff and the property was recovered in a resaleable condition.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Murray had battled an addiction to heroin for 20 years but had managed to get to grips with it and was stabilised on methadone.

Ms Jackson said Murray had had a slip but she was doing well again, providing clean samples, and was receiving weekly takeaways of methadone.

Murray was willing to work with the probation service, welcoming any support it could offer.

Judge Miriam Walsh ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to January.

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