Longford District Court: Woman stole mobile phones

Case adjourned until next month

Longford District Court: Woman stole mobile phones

A Longford woman who pleaded guilty to stealing two mobile phones from a discount store in Longford town has been told she is likely to face a community service order.

Judge Seamus Hughes informed Winnie McDonagh 40 Farnagh, McKeon Park, Longford that she could face 75 hours' community service after she appeared in court last week.

The alleged theft of the phones took place on February 24 at Longford’s Euro Giant store, Unit 14/16, Axis Centre, Sligo Road.

The two iTech dual sim mobile phones, which have since been recovered, carried a retail value of €40.

Superintendent Fergus Treanor said investigating officer Garda Brendan Bourke tracked down and spoke to Ms McDonagh at a later stage where the 29-year-old made a voluntary statement.

In reference to the items which were taken, Judge Hughes said; “I have never heard of a two iTech dual sim mobile phones for €40.”

Defence solicitor John Quinn also asked his client whether the phones actually worked.

Continuing his address, Mr Quinn asked the court to refrain from issuing any monetary penalties as a result of the incident due to his client’s limited financial means.

“The property was recovered,” he added.

“Could I suggest a period of community service?

“I am only proffering that as she (Ms McDonagh) finds any fines very difficult in her circumstances.”

The case was delayed to allow probation services consider her suitability for community service.

When the case returned just before lunch, a probation officer said she could not rule on the matter straight away.

“All I am looking for is a medical note from her (Ms McDonagh’s) GP to see if she is suitable because there is a number of medical conditions (to consider),” the Probation Office told Judge Hughes.

As a result, the case was adjourned and is due to return before a sitting of Longford District Court on April 12.