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Andrea Lyons pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics. Photo: Andrew Phelan

Andrea Lyons pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics. Photo: Andrew Phelan

Andrea Lyons pleaded guilty to stealing cosmetics. Photo: Andrew Phelan

A serial shoplifter who spent up to three years involved in "large-scale theft" has been jailed for five months.

Andrea Lyons (24) had her latest sentence handed down by a judge who said the accused thought the law "somehow doesn't apply to her".

Lyons, of Bunratty Road, Coolock, pleaded guilty to stealing €134 worth of cosmetics from McCabe's Pharmacy, Clarehall Shopping Centre, on January 17 last year.

She selected goods from the shelves, left without paying and was later identified on CCTV.

She also admitted the theft of €126 worth of goods from Mr Price, Coolock Retail Park, on June 26, 2018.

Lyons had 57 previous convictions and was already serving a sentence.

Clutches

She had been living in England where she could have stayed "out of the clutches of our legal system", but she decided to come home and "put her hands up", her solicitor Leonard Leader said.

Before leaving, there was a period of two to three years when she had a drug addiction and was "engaged in large-scale theft of one type or another".

She was under the influence of her peers at the time, but was now "steering away from negative influences".

"It's not appropriate for Ms Lyons to think she can walk in somewhere and take what does not belong to her. Why does she think the law somehow doesn't apply to her?" Judge Grainne Malone said.

Mr Leader said Lyons knew it was wrong, but was "almost forced". She wanted to "put all this behind her", he added.

The judge made the five months consecutive to the sentence Lyons is serving.

Separately, Lyons was acquitted of shoplifting from McCabe's pharmacy on January 19 last year, which she had denied.