A Limerick woman who came to Cork shoplifting shortly before Christmas was ordered to do 200 hours of community service to avoid a jail term.
Judge Olann Kelleher said at Cork District Court that Ethel Griffin could do the community service order instead of serving ten months in prison.
Garda Lorraine O’Donovan testified when the accused was arrested that Griffin, 47, of 21 Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick and stole €79 worth of clothing from SuperDry and handled €329 worth of stolen clothing from Monsoon on Patrick Street.
When first arrested charged and cautioned, Ethel Griffin, replied to the theft charge, “Sorry, just up for Christmas.”
To the charge of handling stolen property, she replied, “Why am I getting charged with this? There is no record of us taking it. I am sorry.”
Garda O’Donovan said at that first hearing in respect of the case that there was excellent CCTV and that the accused was “caught red-handed.”
Judge Kelleher was told that it would take the probation service four weeks to report on Griffin’s suitability for doing community service.