Suspended term for theft of €1 pack of chewing gum in Cork city

Suspended term for theft of €1 pack of chewing gum in Cork city
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A shop assistant was challenged to step outside when she charged a woman for chewing gum that she had tossed into a child’s buggy.

That was the background outlined by Sergeant John Kelleher in a case were Noreen Foley, aged 32, of 9 Ballydaheen, Mallow, Co Cork, was prosecuted for theft.

Foley admitted that offence as well as driving without insurance and failing to turn up in court on several occasions.

The background circumstances to the theft at Porter on Patrick St, Cork, on October 7, 2018, were that Foley handed about €1 worth of chewing gum to a child in a buggy and paid for other items but not the gum. Sgt Kelleher said she got agitated about being charged for sweets and threatened the assistant to step outside.

Solicitor Shane Collins-Daly said she had serious health concerns and suffered from psychological difficulties. “She does not have the worst record in relative terms. Things have improved for her since she moved out to Mallow.

“I would ask you for a suspended sentence and let her do-or-die by that, where she would know that if she stepped out of line in the next two years she would be in jail,” he said.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a sentence of five months suspended for two years. “That is the end of it now. If you get into trouble again you will automatically do the five months in jail,” he said. She was disqualified from driving for six years for driving without insurance.

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