Community service for hospital theft

The hospital in Portlaoise.
A 19-year-old woman from Limerick has been given community service for committing a theft at Portlaoise General Hospital.

A 19-year-old woman from Limerick has been given community service for committing a theft at Portlaoise General Hospital.

Before last week’s district court was Charlene Philips, with an address at 14 Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Philips stole an iPad worth €750 and a Nintendo worth €190 on August 18. Philips was visiting someone in the hospital and the property was left unattended. She was identified from CCTV footage and the property was recovered.

Philips has previous convictions for theft and public order offences.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that nothwithstanding her young age, Philips had already accummulated previous convictions. On the day in question Philips travelled to the hospital with her boyfriend and the items were left unattended in the waiting area. She did not leave the hospital with the goods.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed 200 hours’ community service in lieu of eight months in prison.

The matter has gone back to November 21 for a community service report.