A DISTRICT Court Judge has ordered a probation report to be carried out on a Reenascreena woman who has a previous conviction for shoplifting.
Barbara O’Brien of Maulyregan, Reenascreena, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft at a sitting of Clonakilty District Court recently.
Insp Fergal Foley told the court that on February 2nd Gda Kevin Kennedy of Clonakilty Garda Station received a report from the owner of Rosscarbery pharmacy regarding thefts.
She told him that the defendant had left the premises the previous day and stole make-up products, one valued at €20.85 and the other valued at €29.95.
Insp Foley said the thefts were captured on CCTV and were shown to Gda Kennedy and that compensation was later paid by the defendant.
When the accused was interviewed by Gda Kennedy at Clonakilty Garda Station at a later date she made full admissions, apologised and handed him a receipt to show she had paid for the items.
Insp Foley said the accused has one previous conviction for shoplifting.
Solicitor Conrad Murphy said his client has had difficulties with alcohol and prescribed medications and that since the date of the offence she had made an appointment with Tabor Lodge.
‘She is voluntarily admitting herself for 28 days. She had a lot to drink on the day of the offence and when she realised what she had done she went back to the pharmacy and paid for the goods,’ said Mr Murphy.
‘She is currently looking for work too in the community care area and is concerned what a conviction would do for her chances of securing work.’
Mr Murphy said she admitted the offence immediately, paid the money back straight away and that she had a letter of apology in court for the owner of the pharmacy.
Judge John King said the court would need evidence of her residential treatment placement and remanded her on continuing bail to June 5th and also ordered a probation report to be carried out.
‘She has received the benefit of the Probation Act before and now she’s back before the court again,’ said Judge King.