‘Menace’ jailed over spate of theft offences in County Limerick town

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The woman pleaded guilty, at Newcastle West Court, to a number of theft charges relating to offences

The woman pleaded guilty, at Newcastle West Court, to a number of theft charges relating to offences

A SERIAL Limerick shoplifter was jailed for seven months after a judge described her as a ‘menace to society’ who needs to deal with her problems.

Mary Ryan, aged 38, of Sharwood Estate, Newcastle West, pleaded guilty at Newcastle West Court, to a number of theft charges relating to offences which occurred on various dates last summer.

Inspector Alan Cullen said the mother-of-five stole a body groomer, worth €35, from a premises in the town on June 15 and that she stole €300 worth of cosmetics from another store on the same day.

Ms Ryan, who has almost 200 previous convictions, also admitted stealing hundreds of euro worth of cosmetics from stores in Newcastle West and Limerick city during separate incidents on June 6 and June 10, last.

Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant has a multitude of previous convictions relating to offences which occurred in various towns and villages in Counties Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

Solicitor Michael O’Donnell said his client “did have a very very bad heroin problem” in the past but that she is engaging with various agencies in an effort to address her addiction problems.

However, Judge Mary Larkin interjected saying she was not satisfied that Ms Ryan has any intention of dealing with her habit.

“She offends, she re-offends, she continues to steal and to steal and to steal,” she said, noting the defendant has amassed more than 40 additional convictions since she last appeared before her last May.

“I cannot accept there are any bona fides going forward,” she said.

Describing Ms Ryan as a “menace”, she said her behaviour is very unfair to businesses which need to be protected by the courts.

”Every shop that has anything she can flog, she goes into it,” she said.

Rejecting Mr O’Donnell’s plea to not impose a custodial sentence, Judge Larkin said the defendant had been shown leniency on numerous occasions in the past.

“She doesn’t listen,” she said as she imposed a number of consecutive prison sentences totalling seven months.

Recognizances were fixed in the event of an appeal.