Young mother-of-two fined €100 for stealing runners
A young mother who stole a pair of Nike runners from a north Co Dublin department store claimed it was an "opportunistic offence".
Shannon Lawrence (21) was with others when she stole the runners, worth €90, from TK Maxx, but took full responsibility for the theft.
"She was not trying to blame the others who were with her," her solicitor told Swords District Court.
Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a conviction and a fine of €100.
The defendant, of Gardeners Hill, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to the theft of the runners from TK Maxx at the Pavilions Shopping Centre on August 14, 2016.
The court heard that gardai were called to the store after two females were seen stealing items. The defendant was one of the women.
It was claimed she went into a changing room and took the security tags off the items, then left the shop with them.
Security staff intercepted her and took her back to the shop, where the runners were recovered.
The defendant had no previous convictions.
"She takes full responsibility for the theft. There were other people with her, but she is not trying to blame them," the defence lawyer said.
"It was an opportunistic offence."
The court heard the defendant left school at 16 and was married at 18.
"She had her second child in November, but she is now separated and raising her two children on her own," the solicitor said.
"Her plan is that when her children are old enough to attend a creche, she wants to take up employment."
Her solicitor asked the court to accept Lawrence's remorse.