Limerick mum jailed for following shoplifting spree to feed her drug habit

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Limerick mum jailed for following shoplifting spree to feed her drug habit

Limerick District Court

A MOTHER-of-three who stole hundreds of euro worth of goods from stores across the city has been jailed for for six months.

Stacey Considine, aged 37,. who has an address at St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to multiple shoplifting offences.

Sergeant John Moloney told Judge Marian O’Leary all of the offences were committed in recent months and that none of the stolen property was recovered.

Ms Considine, who has 28 previous convictions, primarily targeted stores in the city centre although a number of the thefts also occurred at the Crescent Shopping Centre.

The court was told the Boots store on William Street was targeted on several occasions by the defendant.

Ms Considine was identified as a suspect on CCTV and she made admissions when arrested by gardai investigating each of the offences.

Solicitor Tom Kiely said his client’s offending is related to a drug addiction which she developed a number of years ago.

“She got trapped in an addictive situation, she was stealing to try to feed her drug habit,” he said.

Urging the court to be lenient, Mr Kiely said his client is “acutely aware” of the impact her offending his having on her children who are living with their grandmother.

The solicitor said his client, who has been in custody since February, has been attending Bedford Row and that she realises that she needs to enter a residential treatment programme when she is released.

“She knows she has to address her addiction properly,” said Mr Kiely who said there was no chance of his client paying compensation to any of the businesses.

Having considered the various matters before the court and noting that compensation had not been paid, Judge O’Leary imposed a number of consecutive prison sentences totalling six months.