Two Limerick sisters charged with shoplifting in Cork shortly before Christmas were reminded yesterday by a judge of a stringent bail condition requiring them to stay out of Cork city.
The sisters were previously told that court appearances were the only exception to the requirement.
Judge Olann Kelleher remanded them on continuing bail, until January 16, to allow time for them to consider if they would be pleading guilty or not guilty.
Garda Lorraine O’Donovan arrested Mary Griffin, aged 50, of 275 Hyde Road, Limerick, and charged her with stealing €149 worth of property from SuperDry, on Patrick Street, Cork, on Wednesday, December 18, and being in possession of a de-tagger, for the purpose of committing thefts.
Garda O’Donovan also arrested Ethel Griffin, 47, of 21 Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, and charged her with stealing €79 worth of clothing from SuperDry and handling €329 worth of stolen clothing from Monsoon, on Patrick Street.
Garda O’Donovan said it was her belief that the defendants would commit further thefts, in the run-up to Christmas, if granted bail.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, represented both women at Cork District Court yesterday, on free legal aid, and he applied to have them released on bail. When charged, Mary Griffin said, in respect of allegedly having the de-tagger to commit thefts, “I did not have that.”
She made no reply to the theft charge.
Her sister, 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 alleged that there was excellent CCTV and that the two accused were “caught red-handed.”
Judge Olann Kelleher granted bail in both cases.