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Tuesday 19 March 2019

'We're heartbroken' - parents of heroin-addicted shoplifter

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The parents of a prolific shoplifter and drug addict have had their "hearts broken" by her offending behaviour, a court has heard.

Mother-of-two Karen Fannin (37) was stealing to feed a heroin and crack cocaine addiction that had "blighted" her life for nearly 20 years.

Fannin had gone into custody recently, her lawyer said.

This had been "a very sob- ering experience" for her, he added, and she was struggling greatly in prison.

Judge David McHugh sentenced Fannin to 22 months in prison.

The defendant, with addresses in Brookview Rise, and Avonmore Drive, both Tallaght, admitted a string of thefts.

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that Fannin stole a drill from B&Q in Tallaght on April 16 last year.

She put it into a bag but was stopped by security.

On October 9 last year, she stole bedlinen and children's clothing worth €500 from Marks & Spencer.

On November 17 last year, she filled a trolley with groceries worth €639 and walked out of Marks & Spencer in Liffey Valley without paying for them.

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She was arrested and gave false details to gardai.

On November 27 last year, she stole two hair straighteners worth €190 each from Lloyds Pharmacy in Tallaght. She returned later in the day and stole a bottle of perfume worth €80.

Sgt Callaghan said Fannin stole alcohol worth €171 from Lidl in Tallaght last August 12.

The court heard Fannin had six previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer Ciaran Mac- Loughlin said Fannin was a single mother with two children.

He said his client was a chronic drug user, addicted to crack cocaine and heroin, and since her early 20s her life had been blighted by her drug abuse.

Mr MacLoughlin said his client's parents were in court to support her, but they despaired of her and their "hearts were broken" by her behaviour.

The lawyer said Fannin, who was tearful in the dock, "wasn't a crafty thief" and had not caused trouble for gardai when arrested.

Recognisances were set in the event of an appeal.

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