Shoplifting mother-of-two is let off after hitting store twice
A MOTHER-OF-TWO who shoplifted household items from a department store and returned four days later to steal again has left court without a conviction.
Magdalena Skarpanska (32) was identified as the shoplifter from CCTV footage.
The defendant, of Parnell Close, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court two counts of theft at Homesense, Westend Retail Park, on March 26 and March 30.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Skarpanska entered the store and took household goods, valued at €160. She was not stopped by security staff and the property was not recovered.
Sgt Callaghan said Skarpanska returned to the same store four days later and stole more household items, this time valued at €280. The defendant again made off with the items, which were not recovered.
Sgt Callaghan said Skarpanska was identified as the culprit from CCTV footage, after she was apprehended when she entered the shop on a third date.
Skarpanska attended the court for sentencing after Judge David McHugh ordered a probation report. She had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said the report was "very lengthy" and detailed the difficulties which had led to the defendant coming before the court, and explained their resolution.
Ms Brennan also asked Judge McHugh to leave Skarpanska without a conviction, saying she was at very low risk of reoffending.
Ms Brennan previously said Skarpanska was the mother of two young children. She worked part time and was also in receipt of social welfare.
Judge McHugh struck out the charges.