A 30 year old woman charged with 16 counts of shoplifting in the Dundalk and Drogheda areas, was sentenced to 12 month concurrent sentences at Drogheda district court last Friday.
Kelly Clarke with addresses at School Lane, Dunleer and Oriel Cove, Clogherhead was accused of committing the offences between September 2011 and March this year. The court heard the accused - who had 23 previous convictions, is planning on engaging with a treatment programme while in custody.
Judge Flann Brennan told the defendant that she will keep on offending if she doesn’t overcome her drug addiction. He added “The terrible thing about this is none of these offences is extremely serious - but altogether it’s an awful pattern”.