Longford District Court: Woman fined for theft

Woman fined €150 for stealing fabric softener X

A woman who stole fabric softener from a local store was ordered to pay €150 after she was convicted during a hearing into the matter at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.

Hana Buckova, 7 Weavers Hall, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with stealing two bottles of Comfort fabric softener - valued at €20 - from Dealz, Market Square, Longford on March 12, 2016.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant David Gibbons said that on the date in question the defendant attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.

Sergeant Gibbons said he arrested the defendant in connection with the incident prior to the court sitting and subsequently charged her in respect of the matter.

She was then brought before Tuesday’s court sitting to answer the charges brought against her.

The defendant’s solicitor Bríd Mimnagh told the court that her client was pleading guilty to the offence.

Ms Mimnagh said the defendant was from the Czech Republic and had two children who lived in Germany.

“She is living in Ireland for the last three years and gets €188 in social welfare payments,” continued Ms Mimnagh.

During his deliberations on the matter Judge Hughes said he wanted €20 from the defendant in compensation for the items stolen.

A man then approached the defendant and handed her €20 which was then furnished to the court.

“Who is that man?,” the Judge asked.

“This is Albert,” added Ms Mimnagh.

“Well Albert I want €150 along with that €20 by way of a fine…..do you have it now?,” queried Judge Hughes.

The Judge was told that Albert didn’t have the money, but that it would be forthcoming the following day if the court was obliged to allow that time for payment.

The Judge subsequently adjourned proceedings to the Granard sitting of Longford District Court on April 15 for the payment.

“I want it on Friday, not any other day, Albert, Friday,” Judge Hughes concluded.