Limerick mother-of-two is jailed for spate of theft offences

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A SOUTHILL woman who has almost 100 previous convictions was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for a spate of theft offences.

A SOUTHILL woman who has almost 100 previous convictions was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for a spate of theft offences.

Stacey Quinn, 23, of Maigue Way, John Carew Park pleaded guilty to taking items from several stores in the city centre over a four month period.

Sgt Donal Cronin said on November 2 last, Quinn was arrested at the Argos store on Cruises Street after she attempted to steal a doll worth €20.

Jewellery worth €160, which had been stolen from another shop on the same day was recovered from Quinn following her arrest .

On January 5, last Quinn stole a Revlon hair-straightener worth €195 from a hair salon on Thomas Street.

At Limerick District Court, Quinn also pleaded guilty to stealing items from Boots, William Street last November and to interfering with a car which was parked on Mallow Street on October 25, last.

Sgt Cronin said a set of filed down keys were recovered by gardai after they observed Quinn walking away from the car.

In mitigation, Solicitor John Devane said his client was a mother of two young children who has a drug problem. He said she was “strung out” around the time of the offences due to her heroin addiction.

However, he told the court she is no longer taking drugs and has “cleaned up her act” in recent months. “She is now on an anti-drug treatment programme and she is a very different person,” said Mr Devane who told the court that all of the stolen property had been recovered.

“She is very deserving of a chance,” said Mr Devane.

Judge Eamon O’Brien imposed prison sentences totalling nine months. The sentence is to be served concurrently with a sentence Quinn is currently serving in relation to separate offences.