A woman was sentenced to 200 hours of community service in lieu of eight months in prison at a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court.
The 31-year-old Portlaoise woman had previously pleaded guilty to the theft of four Remington hair curlers valued at €119.96 and five bottles of alcohol costing €78.04 from Lidl, Portlaoise on 25 January last. She also pleaded guilty to the theft of goods worth €537.99 from Tesco, Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise on 29 March.
Garda Sergeant JJ Kirby told the court that all the goods from Tesco were recovered and were in a resalable state. He also said that goods from the Lidl store were also recovered in a sports bag when they came across the defendant acting suspiciously on the date.
Sgt. Kirby told Judge Cephas Power: “With 35 previous convictions, the lady is well-known to the court and has three previous convictions under the Theft Act.”
Judge Power convicted the woman on one of the theft charges and took the others into account and imposed a 200-hour community service order in respect of the charge in lieu of eight months in prison.
*Names of defendants in Portlaoise District Court cases are printed in the Laois Nationalist newspaper that is available in your local shop or in our online edition here