A woman who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act was convicted and fined €50 following a hearing into the matter.
Margaret McDonagh, 94 Gleann Riada, Strokestown Road, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with stealing household goods to the value of €50 from Dealz, Market Square, Longford on March 20, 2015.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Padraig Jones said that on the date in question at approximately 2:35pm three individuals entered the Dealz store in Longford town and proceeded to fill a carrier bag with goods.
“They then passed all points of pay and proceeded to leave the store without paying for the goods,” the Inspector continued.
“There was €50 worth of household goods in the bag.”
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor, Frank Gearty said his client was the mother of three children who had a suspended sentence hanging over her.
“In this case before the court, Margaret was in the company of other individuals who made a gain from this, she did not,” he added.
“She is going through an eviction crisis at the moment and life is somewhat difficult for her at the present time.”
Judge Hughes subsequently convicted the defendant and fined her €50 in respect of the matter.
The defendant then furnished the €50 to the court shortly after the hearing.