A WOMAN who was granted temporary release from a shoplifting prison sentence was caught stealing over €360 worth of clothing from a store in Cork while she was free.
Yvonne Carroll, aged 35, with an address at a flat at Hillsborough Place, Old Blackrock Rd, and at Kilmore Rd, Knocknaheeny, was serving a four-month prison sentence for thefts imposed in March.
Inspector Ronan Kennelly said Carroll was on temporary release from prison when she came to the attention of store security staff at Debenhams in Mahon Point shopping centre on May 30.
“She filled a shopping bag with an assortment of clothing and walked out of the shop without paying for them. She was observed by the store security. The value of the stolen clothing was €360,” said Insp Kennelly yesterday at Cork District Court where Carroll pleaded guilty to carrying out this latest theft.
She also confessed yesterday to carrying out three other shoplifting offencesin relation to thefts carried out before she was jailed in March.
These occurred on February 28 at Homesense on Grand Parade, and Cummins Sports in Douglas and at Harvey Normans on Kinsale Rd on March 3.
Judge Bernadette Owens imposed a total jail term from yesterday of six months with the last three suspended.
Insp Kennelly said the accused had 195 previous convictions, of which 124 were for theft.
Donal Daly, solicitor, said: “She is an intelligent lady who realises that if she carries on the way she is going she will end up dead. As she advances in years she is reflecting on this.”
The solicitor said she had used her time in prison to reduce her need for methadone, with a view to getting into a drug rehabilitation centre.
“She is intelligent enough to know she has got to stop. Such is the grip of the addiction she could not stop.
“She takes the goods to sell them to get heroin to get high. It is as simple as that.
“It would be in ease of the shopkeepers in Cork if she was to go down the treatment road,” said Mr Daly.
Judge Owens said: “She is engaging positively to address her drug addiction but the court cannot ignore her significant number of previous convictions.”
One of the conditions of the suspension of half of the sentence was that Carroll would come under the direction of the probation services for a period of 12 months following her release from prison.