Two people came before last week's sitting of Longford District Court charged with theft.
Mademba Samb of Richmond Court, Longford, appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with theft of goods from Lidl, Dublin Road, Longford on August 22 last.
Pleading guilty to the theft, it was revealed that Mr Samb was a native of Senegal, West Africa and has been here for the past eight years. He receives €19 per week.
Solicitor for Mr Samb, Mr Frank Gearty, explained that his client was divorced and had one daughter. He said that on the day in question, he had received a call from his estranged wife, who is still living in Senegal, and in his exasperation, he carried out the theft.
After hearing the facts of the case, Judge Hughes sentenced Mr Samb to one month in prison, which he suspended for two years.
Meanwhile, Lisa Nevin of 67 McKeown Park, Farnagh, Co Longford pleaded guilty to the theft of €20 worth of cosmetics and groceries from Dealz, Market Square, Longford on July 1 this year. The property was not recovered.
On August 9 last, Ms Nevin was arrested in connection with the incident, and when charged, replied; “I’m very, very sorry.”
In mitigation, Solicitor for Ms Nevin, Ms Fiona Baxter told the court; “She’s 21 years old, she’s living with her parents, she’s single and she has limited means.
“She attended Longford Garda Station of her own accord.”
Ms Nevin was then handed down a fine of €250.