A 49-year-old woman with “a compulsive disorder” pleaded guilty to three counts of shoplifting and has 52 previous convictions for thefts.
Lisa Coade, Dublin Street, Cork, admitted the latest offences at Cork District Court.
Those incidents of shoplifting occurred on May 3 2019 at Centra on Douglas Road, on May 15 2019 at Dealz in Blackpool and at Aldi in Mayfield on November 10 last.
On each occasion a small amount of property was stolen.
Frank Buttimer defence solicitor said the defendant’s offending had lessened recently but he added, “I have no doubt in my mind she has a compulsive disorder in relation to theft.”
Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a community service order of 220 hours instead of ten months in prison.
The judge said that if she did not complete every hour of the community service he would imposed the ten-month sentence.
In addition to the community service he imposed ten-month suspended prison sentences on two of the other charges.