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Aimee Cully was ‘in the throes’ of drug addiction at the time

Aimee Cully was ‘in the throes’ of drug addiction at the time

Aimee Cully was ‘in the throes’ of drug addiction at the time

A prolific shoplifter was caught running down a street with more than €600 worth of stolen cosmetics and clothes, shouting: "I can't carry it."

When she was caught, Aimee Cully (25) told gardai an accomplice had taken the goods and they were "always letting him go".

Judge John Hughes jailed her for eight months.

Cully, of Oliver Bond House in the south inner city, admitted possession of stolen property in the incident, as well as a series of other thefts committed during a spree while she was "in the throes" of a drug addiction.

Gda William McCarthy told Dublin District Court that officers were on plain-clothes duty at George's Dock in the IFSC last February 4, when they saw Cully running, shouting after a man: "Take the stuff, I can't carry it."

When she was arrested for being in possession of €682 of stolen cosmetics, she told gardai "[a named man] robbed that stuff, not me, you're always letting him go, I always get the blame".

Heroin

Cully was not charged with stealing those goods, but separately she admitted taking Yankee candles worth €49 from a pharmacy in Donaghmede on January 13.

In other incidents, she was caught in possession of hundreds of euro worth of Aptamil baby formula without being able to account for where she got it.

She stole €800 worth of cosmetics from Boots, Grafton Street, last August 12 and €480 worth of clothing from the Levi's store, also on Grafton Street, last April 4.

She "took flight" after stealing eight packets of baby formula worth €140 from Tesco on Baggot Street last July 22.

Most of the offences were committed while she was on bail, and she had previous convictions, the court heard.

Cully had had good prospects after completing an education in social studies, but was introduced to heroin and became addicted, her barrister Alan Grace said.

Judge John Hughes said the frequency of Cully's offending was "prolific in nature".

He suspended another eight-month sentence for a year.