A SINGLE mother who could not afford a plumber's quote for repairs at her home went to a DIY store and shoplifted the equipment herself.
Linda Feuillet (40) had been quoted €400 to fix her leaky sink when she went to the shop and stole the tools to do it herself.
The equipment cost €180 but the plan failed when store security spotted her and she was arrested.
A judge ordered a probation report on Feuillet when she appeared in Dublin District Court.
The accused, with an address at Bawnlea Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft at her local branch of B&Q on October 15 last.
The prosecuting garda told Dublin District Court that the defendant went to the shop on Belgard Road, Tallaght at 12.20pm and was seen placing various items of plumbing equipment into her bag. She passed all points of payment and was stopped.
The court heard she had seven previous convictions for offences including theft.
Feuillet, a mother-of-two, had just moved house and found that a sink in her new home was leaking, her lawyer explained.
She called a plumber, who told her it would cost €400 to repair the sink.
She went to the shop to find out how much the tools would cost and ended up taking them.
The court heard the defendant was struggling financially while trying to hold down a part-time job as a cleaner.
"She knows what she did was wrong," her lawyer told the court.
Judge Eamon O'Brien adjourned the case for the production of a probation report.