Woman given two month prison sentence for Limerick shoplifting offences

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Margaret Taylor admitted stealing goods worth hundreds of euro from Boots, William Street

Margaret Taylor admitted stealing goods worth hundreds of euro from Boots, William Street

A WOMAN who stole hundreds of euro worth of goods from a store in Limerick city centre has been sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.

Margaret Taylor, aged 40, who has an address at Charlotte Quay, pleaded guilty to two separate theft charges relating to incidents at Boots, William Street on April 28 and May 18, last.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said Ms Taylor, who has more than 80 previous convictions, stole cosmetic products worth €14.98 on the first occasion.

The value of the goods taken on May 18 was €250.97.

Limerick District Court was told none of the stolen property was recovered and that no compensation has ever been paid.

Ms Taylor was identified as a suspect after gardai viewed CCTV footage from the store.

Solicitor John Herbert said the mother-of-five suffers from ongoing health difficulties and that she cannot explain her actions.

He said she does not have any “apparent wealth” and that it is unclear what she did with the stolen property.

Sergeant Cronin told the court that while a significant number of Ms Taylor’s previous convictions relate to road traffic offences, she does have a “profile” regarding shoplifting – particularly in recent years.

Describing his client as vulnerable, Mr Herbert said she doesn’t seem to realise the seriousness of her behaviour.

Judge Mary Larkin, who previously  banned Ms Taylor from entering Boots, noted that she has received a number of suspended prison sentences in the past for similar offences.

“Clearly the imposition of suspended sentences has been of no effect,” she said noting the offences happened less than six months after she admitted similar offences.

“There has to be an end to this,” commented the judge who imposed a two-month prison sentence.

Ms Taylor was fined €50 for failing to appear in court earlier this year.

Recognisance were set in the event of an appeal.