A Monasterevin woman who twice tried to get a refund on items she hadn’t paid for was last week given the benefit of the probation act by Judge Catherine Staines.
Michelle Murray, 6 Woodview, Monasterevin, was convicted in January of making gain or causing loss by deception, at Supervalu, Monasterevin, on May 4 and May 5 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence in January that she took items off the shelves and brought them to the till where she demanded a refund. The total loss to the store was €81.
Murray was also charged with theft on May 8, where she stole household goods worth €110 from a store. She was apprehended and made full admissions to the gardaí.
She had no previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that on May 8 Murray put items into her shopping trolley and asked a security staff member to keep an eye on her trolley while she used the bathroom. When she returned “she didn’t consider her position”, said Mr Breen, and walked out with the goods.
Mr Breen admitted that the other incident was premeditated, with Murray taking items off the shelves and getting a refund.
Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case on that date for a probation report. When Murray returned before the court last Thursday, Judge Staines read the report on the defendant and applied the probation act, section 1.1.