'Future is in your hands', judge tells shoplifting mum-of-four
A mother-of-four twice caught shoplifting clothes has been given a suspended sentence by a judge who said her "future is in her own hands".
Mary Murray (42) had a four-month sentence suspended at Blanchardstown District Court.
The defendant, of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, pleaded guilty to theft.
The court heard she was caught stealing €37 worth of clothing at Dunnes Stores, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, on April 21, 2016.
Gardai were called to the store at 5pm and spoke with the manager, who told them that Murray had been seen leaving the store without paying for the goods.
She handed the goods over and they were returned to the shop in a saleable condition.
The court heard the defendant went on to steal clothes and assorted items worth €20 at Penneys, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, on November 29, 2016.
She placed a number of items into her bag and was again stopped by security after she tried to leave without making any attempt to pay for them.
The goods were again recovered in a saleable condition.
Murray had a number of previous convictions.
A probation report was presented to the court. It stated Murray was at "high risk of re-offending".
She had had a substance abuse problem and was now on methadone, her barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.
She had two younger children and two aged 17 and 20.
The judge said the "community had to be protected", notwithstanding the defendant's attempts at rehabilitation.
He suspended the sentence for 18 months, on Murray entering a peace bond for that time.
"If she falls off the wagon she knows what to expect," he said.