Woman on peace bond used syringe to intimidate

A woman who breached a suspended sentence on three occasions was last week sentenced to three months in prison, for numerous offences including shoplifting and using a syringe to intimidate someone.

A woman who breached a suspended sentence on three occasions was last week sentenced to three months in prison, for numerous offences including shoplifting and using a syringe to intimidate someone.

Before the district court was Lisa Shorten, formerly with addresses in Mountmellick but currently residing at a hostel in Dublin. She had been sent back to the court from Dublin for the latest breach of a suspended sentence which was previously imposed in Portlaoise.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that Shorten was charged with a breach of the peace, shoplifting offences, failing to turn up in court, and the possession of a syringe to intimidate someone.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Shorten had an entrenched difficulty with drugs, but had enjoyed a positive period of treatment at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. At that time she had been accepted back into the family home in Limerick and was doing well, but unfortunately during the summer she had reengaged with “an individual well known to the court” and fallen into old habits.

Mr Meagher said Shorten was asking for one final chance, as she wants to deal with her drug habit.

“I gave her an opportunity on February 7, 2013,” remarked Judge Staines. “She breached that bond and I didn’t impose a sentence, now she’s back again.”

The judge imposed a three-month sentence, and remanded Shorten back to the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin last Friday, November 14.