'You are talking rubbish' says judge to Longford thief

Longford mother fined for shoplifting

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A Longford woman charged with two counts of shoplifting from the same store has been fined €300 by Judge Seamus Hughes.

Mary Ann McDonagh, also known as Mary Ann Nevin, with an address at Lavender Cottage, Farnagh Hill, Longford was convicted following two separate incidents at Dealz, Market Square, Longford on May 1 2017 and January 1 2018.

Garda Keith O’Brien gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He said after handing Ms Nevin a true copy of the charge sheet, she made no reply.

At the outset, it was also disclosed Ms Nevin had eight previous convictions to her name, six of which were for theft related offences.

Ms Nevin said she did not want to provide Judge Hughes or the court with a “sob story” but said she was currently seeking medical assistance for a recent string of seizures.

“On January 25 in Dealz did you get a seizure when you went to the cashier?” Judge Hughes asked.

Ms Nevin attempted to corroborate her version of events by insisting she was intent on having a brain scan taken to determine the cause of her neurological ailments.

“You are talking rubbish,” responded a visibly incensed Judge Hughes.

“I am not talking rubbish,” Ms Nevin swiftly rebutted.

“I wouldn’t be saying these things if they weren’t true.”

Garda O’Brien, who was still sitting in the witness box at that stage, interjected to reveal Ms Nevin had also used an alias in the past under the guise of Mary Ann McDonagh.

He said under that identity, the accused had amassed a further seven previous convictions.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said the confusion may have arisen as his client’s marital surname was Nevin.

That said, Judge Hughes pressed Ms Nevin into asking her when she intended leaving her shoplifting tendencies behind her.

She responded, saying her children were presently away from home and remained keen to steer clear of trouble.

“I really am done with it (shoplifting) because my kids are over in England at the minute and my husband, God have mercy on him. I had different morals then,” she said.

Mr Quinn attempted to strengthen the defence’s case, stating his client was “a little down on her luck” at the time.

In respect of each charge, Judge Hughes fined Ms Nevin €150, giving her three months to pay.

In handing down the conviction, Judge Hughes warned Ms Nevin she would be facing a custodial prison term should she come to the court’s attention in the future.

“Some fine day, you will come in front of me and you will go to prison,” he told her.