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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Shoplifter mum had problems with cocaine

Sgt Maria Callaghan said Reynolds was stopped by security staff after she walked out of the shop with the items. (Stock picture)
Sgt Maria Callaghan said Reynolds was stopped by security staff after she walked out of the shop with the items. (Stock picture)

A woman stole household items after she developed a problem with cocaine, a court heard.

Mother-of-one Louise Reynolds (36) previously had a problem with heroin in her teens but had weaned herself off it.

Judge Miriam Walsh fined her €350.

The defendant, of Moy Glas Dale, Lucan, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing household items worth €185 from Marks & Spencer, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, on February 26.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said Reynolds was stopped by security staff after she walked out of the shop with the items.

Battled

The court heard the defendant had no previous convictions, but previously received the benefit of the Probation Act.

Reynolds' solicitor said his client was a mother-of-one who had battled a drug addiction since she was a teenager.

She had quit heroin but developed a problem with cocaine in the past year.

The court heard Reynolds came from a good background and was very sorry for her behaviour.

She was awaiting a place in a drug treatment programme, her lawyer added.

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