Friday 18 January 2019

Ice cream thief (41) blames her medication

A WOMAN who stole 24 tubs of ice-cream from a supermarket may have had a "craving" for it due to the mediation she was on at the time, a court heard.

Niamh Mooney (41) admitted stealing the ice-cream as well as various other grocery items, but claimed she had no recollection of it.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell imposed a four-month sentence but suspended it for one year.

The defendant, of Granitefields Mews, Rochestown Avenue in Dun Laoghaire, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing groceries, worth €537, from Tesco, Bloomfields Shopping Centre in Dun Laoghaire, on August 9.


Gardai said that the goods were recovered in a saleable condition.

Defence lawyer Rory Staines said Mooney suffers from depression and at the time of this offence was on medication.

Mr Staines said Mooney did not react well to the medication, and is now off it.

He said Mooney was in the shop for a long time, and there didn't appear to be any purpose to her stealing 24 tubs of ice-cream. Mr Staines said it may have been due to the medication.

Judge O'Donnell said Mooney may have had a "craving".


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