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Monday 18 December 2017

Shoplifter jailed for six months for stealing €8,000 of cosmetics

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A serial shoplifter who carried out 19 separate thefts from stores in Dublin has been jailed for six months.

Rebecca McEnroe (36) was sentenced after a court heard she stole nearly €8,000 of cosmetics and other goods during a thieving spree around the city over several months.

McEnroe had a drug addiction and had relapsed when she became depressed after the birth of a child. Dublin District Court heard she had been stealing to fund her addiction.

Jailing her, Judge Patricia McNamara refused to backdate the sentence to the start of a prison term McEnroe was already serving, saying there was a "multiplicity" of offences.

McEnroe, of Cathedral Walk in the south inner city, pleaded guilty to all charges.

The court heard the defendant was charged with 19 counts of theft, all involving shoplifting.

The total value of the goods stolen was €7,935 and the thefts were carried out in late 2016 and early this year.

Habit

The property was mostly cosmetics and was taken from pharmacies and supermarkets at several locations around the capital.

McEnroe was already serving a prison sentence for theft when she appeared in court, with a release date next month.

She had 59 previous convictions, most of which were for theft.

McEnroe had an addiction and was stealing to feed her habit, said her solicitor Richard Young.

She had since been attending a drugs counsellor on a regular basis.

She had worked in several jobs, including in a hotel and a cigarette factory.

After the birth of her oldest child, she suffered from depression which led to a relapse, said Mr Young.

A probation report on the accused stated that she was "engaging well" with addiction services.

Mr Young asked the judge to backdate the sentence to the date McEnroe went into custody in March.

The judge refused and set recognisances in the event of an appeal.

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