Saturday 18 January 2020

'Stressed out' woman was trying to provide jail clothes for partner

Amy Brown’s partner had been facing a ‘heavy sentence’
Amy Brown’s partner had been facing a ‘heavy sentence’

A mother-of-one who defrauded a shop into giving her a refund was trying to raise money to buy clothes for her partner to wear in prison, a court heard.

Amy Brown's partner was facing a "heavy" jail sentence and she was under financial pressure when she produced an old receipt for clothes that she had just picked up and was given a €36 refund.

Judge David McHugh struck the case out, leaving her without a criminal record.

Brown, a part-time clerk of Ribh Road, Artane, pleaded guilty to dishonesty by deception obtaining a €36 refund at Penneys, in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, last July 24.

Garda Sergeant Geraldine McManigan told Blanchardstown District Court that Brown went to the shop at 1.30pm, picked up clothing and took it to the checkout.


However, Brown then produced an old receipt and asked for a refund, which the store gave her. She had no previous convictions.

"What madness is this?" Judge McHugh asked her lawyer.

Brown had been going through financial difficulties at the time, the court was told.

Her partner was in custody facing a "heavy sentence" from the courts.

He was asking for clothing to wear in prison, Brown was extremely "stressed out" and "thought this was the only way she would have of raising some money".

Her lawyer asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances and leave Brown without a conviction.

Judge McHugh struck the case out, saying: "I do not wish to see her again."

The charge against the accused was under Section Six of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

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