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Jamie Hilliard an ‘extremely pleasant young lady’, said lawyer

Jamie Hilliard an ‘extremely pleasant young lady’, said lawyer

Jamie Hilliard an ‘extremely pleasant young lady’, said lawyer

A woman who shoplifted four bottles of vodka worth €59 each had stolen the "good stuff", a court heard.

Jamie Hilliard (29) was suff- ering from anxiety when she was caught stealing the premium spirit worth a combined €236 from a supermarket, a court heard.

Judge Michael Walsh said he would strike the case out, leaving her without a criminal record, if she made a €200 charity donation.

Hilliard, of Captain's Avenue, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to theft.

A garda sergeant told Dublin District Court the accused went to Dunnes Stores in the Ashleaf Shopping Centre, Crumlin, at 7.15pm last August 19.

She took four bottles of vodka and was stopped when she left without paying. Gardai were called and she was arrested.

The bottles were recovered, but could not be re-sold because the tags had been removed.

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Judge Walsh remarked on the price and asked how much the vodka was per bottle. The sergeant said it was €59.

"Allegedly good stuff, judge," the sergeant said.

"I wouldn't know," Judge Walsh replied.

Hilliard had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, her solicitor Brian Coveney said.

She had no previous convictions of any kind and was a full-time carer for her mother.

Hilliard was suffering from anxiety and was "extremely nervous and apprehensive" to be in court, Mr Coveney said.

She was an "extremely pleasant young lady to deal with" and he did not think she would come before the courts again.

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to a date next month and said he would strike out the charge if Ms Hilliard made a €200 charity donation.

In default, he said, she would be convicted and fined the same amount.