A YOUNG woman, who pleaded guilty to several theft offences, has been warned she will go to prison if she continues to lead a “chaotic lifestyle”.
Belinda O’Sullivan, aged 22, who has a number of addresses in Limerick and Clare admitted stealing a handbag, containing €80 in cash and a Nokia mobile phone, from a woman at Colbert Station on June 26, last.
At Limerick Court, she also pleaded guilty to handling a stolen Samsung Galaxy smartphone at an address on Lord Edward Street on September 9, last and to stealing a quantity of cosmetics from Sally’s Hair and Beauty, Thomas Street on June 11, last.
The defendant admitted presenting a fake prescription at a pharmacy in the city and to breaking into the Supervalu store in Askeaton on September 3, last.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told that Ms O’Sullivan received a three-year suspended prison sentence at Limerick Circuit Court before Christmas after she pleaded guilty to a separate offence.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said the presiding judge in that case had been made aware of the district court matters before he sentenced his client.
The Circuit Court matter related to an incident at the Travelodge, Coonagh during which Ms O’Sullivan produced what appeared to be a vintage pistol, and threatened to “blow off” the head of a garda as he was seizing a vehicle.
However, it subsequently transpired the weapon was a cigarette lighter made to look like a vintage pistol.
Imposing the suspended sentence on Ms O’Sullivan, Judge Carroll Moran warned her she was now in “the last chance saloon.”
In relation to the theft offences, Mr McCarthy said his client comes from a “woeful background” and has suffered from addiction problems in the past.
However, he said she has been off drugs since she entered custody late last year and that she has “cleaned up her act considerably”.
He said she was in the company of an older “sinister” man when she committed most of the offences.
He said that man, who is currently before the courts, had “influenced” Ms O’Sullivan,
Noting that the Circuit Court had been made aware of the proceedings before the district court, Judge O’Kelly said he would “follow suit” and would not impose an immediate custodial sentence.
He imposed sentences totalling 12 months imprisonment but suspended them for two years on condition Ms O’Sullivan keeps the peace during that time.
She was also ordered to cooperate with the Probation Services.
“If she continues to engage in a chaotic lifestyle, it is inevitable the sentences will be activated,” warned the judge.