A 29-year-old woman who avoided jail yesterday for multiple shoplifting offences got 28 days in jail today from another judge at Cork District Court but was immediately released on bail pending an appeal.
Judge Con O’Leary imposed the 28-day prison term on Miranda Keenan today.
Sentencing had been adjourned for a month by Judge Olann Kelleher on Monday in respect of several other counts of shoplifting.
Keenan, who is a mother of five, pleaded with Judge Olann Kelleher not to jail her on Monday and today she failed to appear before Judge O’Leary on other similar charges and he sentenced her in her absence.
Donal Daly, solicitor, informed the judge later in the morning that Miranda Keenan had turned up court to face the sentence and then asked for recognisances to be set in the event of an appeal.
The judge set a figure of €150 which Keenan immediately lodged and she was released pending an appeal of the 28-day sentence.
The crimes for which she faced sentence today occurred mainly in July last year.
On July 8, 2019, she stole clothing at Penney’s on Patrick Street, Cork.
On July 30 she stole groceries valued €16 at Daybreak on Anglesea Street.
On the same date, she was in possession of stolen property to the value of €213 at Father Matthew Quay, Cork, consisting of multiple items from false eyelashes to a tracksuit pants.
She was also convicted of possessing further stolen property on the same date at the Bridewell garda station, consisting of property stolen from the Monsoon store on Patrick Street.
She was convicted of driving without insurance at Kinsale Road on April 12.
When she was before Judge Kelleher on Monday, Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the young woman had 70 previous convictions including 14 counts of theft.
He said that she had been given suspended jail terms on 13 occasions.
Evidence was given of her arrest for stealing children’s clothing and within moments of her release from the Bridewell garda station she went to TK Maxx nearby and stole €250 worth of property.
Shane Collins-Daly, defence solicitor, appealed on Monday for leniency for Keenan, saying that she had five children and that she was homeless at the moment, getting hotel or B&B accommodation on a day to day basis.
He also said she was still dealing with grief as a result of the sudden death of her brother one year ago.
Miranda Keenan pleaded with Judge Kelleher not to jail her.
“I will never ever ever do anything like that again. Nobody knows the pain I am going through but I am getting back on track now.”
Judge Kelleher adjourned sentencing until February 3.