Longford defendant bemoans lack of shops

Longford defendant bemoans lack of shops

A woman who stole €40 worth of bedding equipment from a Longford retail outlet two weeks ago has been convicted and fined over the incident.

Fiona McDonagh, of 2 Castlecourt, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon pleaded guilty to stealing bedding pillows from Penney’s, Longford Shopping Centre, Longford on March 22,  2017.

Garda Scanlon said he arrested Ms McDonagh at 1:30pm before bringing her to Longford Garda Station.

At 2:45pm he charged her, saying Ms McDonagh made no reply after being formally cautioned.

Commenting on the case, Judge Seamus Hughes said he harboured concerns not about people travelling to Longford for legitimate means but rather for as he termed it, “pilfering purposes”.

Ms McDonagh replied, saying: “There’s no shops in Ballaghaderreen.”

Judge Hughes continued his questioning of Ms McDonagh by asking her what she intended doing with her life and what she wanted to do in terms of her occupational career.

“Do you want to be a full time thief?” he asked. “If you do, you will be in trouble.”

Defence solicitor Fiona Baxter said her client was the eldest of six children and that her parents were taking the matters before the court with the utmost seriousness.

Judge Hughes closed proceedings by fining Ms McDonagh €150 and giving her three months to pay.