A woman who was caught shoplifting over €2,600 worth of items from local stores on 11 separate occasions to feed her drug addiction, was remanded in custody at Dundalk district court last week so a probation report could be prepared.
The court heard Leanne Downey with an address at Aghameen Park, Dundalk is anxious to have a chance to prove herself to the court.
Judge Flann Brennan was told that on two separate occasions she stole almost €1,300 worth of perfume from Boots in the Marshes Shopping Centre.
The court was told the accused stole a laptop, an Xbox, games and £150 sterling from her flatmate’s house at College Heights, Dundalk on the 31st of October 2011.
She also stole over €2,600 worth of goods including clothing, accessories, groceries and perfume, from Penney’s, Dunnes, Heatons, Boots and Woodie’s DIY on dates between St. Patrick’s Day and the end of November last year, although the court heard in many of the cases the property was recovered.
The defence solicitor said his client has been in custody and unhappily has lost her baby, but he added she now has somewhere to go and wants to attend a local counselling service.
The solicitor said the accused – who had got off drugs while in custody, is a very bright young woman, whose life had been blighted by a drug addiction.
He also claimed there were more serious people involved in her crimes “behind the scenes” so they could get something out of it.
He asked the court to consider releasing her on bail, on strict terms, to see if things can be moved along.
Judge Flann Brennan said he would like to see a probation report and adjourned the case for two weeks, saying “If it’s positive I will do what I’m being asked – it seems as if things are improving for her.”