TWO Limerick sisters were allegedly caught shoplifting in Cork and gardaí objected to them being released on bail based on fears they would engage in shoplifting in the run-up to Christmas.
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, aged 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 today 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.
He adjourned the cases until January 8 at Cork District Court.
The judge made it a condition of bail in both cases that the accused should not come to Cork city except for court appearances.
“You have to stay out of Cork city,” Judge Kelleher said to both defendants.