A mother-of-two who was desperate to get some Christmas presents for her family resorted to shoplifting.
The woman was yesterday given a four-month suspended jail sentence.
Amanda Sheehan, 34, with an address at Dysard, Dripsey, Co Cork, was apprehended stealing a €116 bottle of Gucci perfume at Debenham’s on St Patrick’s Street, Cork, on November 8.
Inspector Ronan Kennelly said she was detected by a security officer as she left the store without offering payment.
The perfume was recovered.
Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said that in mitigation “this was a desperate attempt to get Christmas presents for her family. She did not have any money”.
Mr Kelleher said Sheehan was labouring under a chronic heroin addiction and was on a methadone programme to get off the drug.
The solicitor said she relocated to Dripsey to put her life on a better footing and to address her problems.
Mr Kelleher said her attempt to get presents for her family for Christmas by resorting to shoplifting was totally misconceived.
Judge Leo Malone said: “I appreciate she is making effforts to address her addiction issues, but she cannot go into a shop and take whatever she wants.”
The judge imposed a four-month prison sentence, suspended on condition she would not commit any further offences for the next two years.
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