Tuesday 16 January 2018

Woman stole €400 worth of perfume


A WOMAN stole more than €400 worth of perfume from a Blanchardstown department store in what was described as a "complete act of stupidity".

Bridget Manley (62), who has no previous convictions, does not know what came over her, Blanchards-town District Court was told.

Manley, of Beechfield Heights, Clonee, pleaded guilty to the theft of four bottles of perfume from Debenhams at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre last December 12.

Gda Niall Bright told the court that Manley went into the store and took the four bottles of perfume. She left without paying for them and was detained a short time later by security staff.

Defence solicitor Una Buckley handed a letter to Judge David McHugh from Manley's doctor outlining that the defendant is suffering from depression.

"She has no idea why she did it," said Ms Buckley, adding that it was a "complete act of stupidity".

Ms Buckley said the separated mother does not know what came over her and was extremely apologetic for taking the perfume.

Judge McHugh said that considering the fact Manley has been crime-free for all of her life and taking into account her physical and mental health, he will apply the Probation Act if Manley makes a donation of €50 to Blanchardstown Hospice.

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