Six-month prison term for Limerick clothes thief

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A MOTHER who stole clothing from a department store in the city centre, less than a week after she received a suspended prison sentence for a similar offence, was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment.

A MOTHER who stole clothing from a department store in the city centre, less than a week after she received a suspended prison sentence for a similar offence, was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment.

At Limerick Court, Eimear O’Connell, aged 30, of Bishop Street, Limerick pleaded guilty to stealing clothing worth €75 from Dunnes Stores, Harvey’s Quay on July 16, 2012.

Previously, the court was told that O’Connell was arrested after she was detained by security staff trying to leave the store with the property, which was recovered.

Insp Luke Conlon, Henry Street, said the defendant, who has a number of previous convictions, had received a suspended three-month prison sentence at the same court four days before the offence took place.

That offence, said Insp Conlan, related to a similar theft offence which happened at another store in the city in April of last year.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client, who has a number of young children, regretted her actions and she said she was “anxious to avoid a custodial sentence”.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly noted that Ms Ryan had made a “powerful plea” on behalf of her client last July which, he said was the primary reason why he decided to impose a suspended prison sentence on that occasion,

However the judge said O’Connell had re-offended just four days later and that she “seems to think she can waste court time”.

The judge activated the three-month suspended sentence which he imposed on July 12, 2012.

He imposed a separate three month sentence in relation to the clothing, which was stolen from Dunnes Stores and he ordered that the sentence be served consecutively to the activated sentence.