A woman who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Theft & Fraud Offences Act was convicted and fined €200 following a hearing into the matter.
Beta Szachniewicz (56), 10 Townspark, Newtownforbes, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with stealing two printer cartridges valued at €59.99 from Tesco, Longford on April 2, 2017.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Blathaín Moran said that on the date in question, gardaí arrested the defendant on suspicion of theft.
“She had gone into Tesco and placed two ink cartridges valued at €59.99 in a bag,” she added.
“She then attempted to leave the store without paying for them.”
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor, Frank Gearty said that his client was a Polish national with three children.
“She lives alone in Longford and has fallen on hard times,” Mr Gearty added.
“She has never done anything like this before and promises me that this will never happen again.”
Following his deliberations, Judge Hughes convicted the defendant and fined her €200 in respect of the matter before the court.