A court has heard how a woman stole from a grocery store while on maternity leave.
A woman who stole close to €100 worth of groceries from a Longford supermarket while on maternity leave has escaped a criminal conviction.
The first incident involved the theft of €67 worth of goods while the second incident six days later resulted in the loss of €29 worth of items.
Both incidents led to two separate charges under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud Offences) Act 2001 being handed down.
In defence, solicitor Brid Mimnagh said her client was Lithuanian by birth and had been resident in Ireland for over a decade.
She said the motive behind the two incidents were purely down to her constrained personal circumstances.
“She’s on maternity leave and had been working in Tesco but has lost her job as a result,” said Ms Mimnagh.
“She was also having a difficult time with her partner and just didn’t have the money. She was finding it very hard to manage.”
Ms Mimnagh said the plight facing her client was made all the more despairing given her family situation.
“She has a one month old baby and she’s on maternity leave,” added Ms Mimnagh.
“It’s a sad situation and I have explained to her about St Vincent de Paul.”
In weighing up the mitigation presented to him, Judge Hughes said he would be sparing Ms Meksriuniene a criminal conviction and instead issued her with the Probation Act.