Stole to pay for tablets

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A probation report has been ordered on an Abbeyleix woman who stole items from her neighbour’s car in order to clear a drug debt.

Zoe Basnett, 49 The Fairways, Abbeyleix, was charged with two thefts from Clonboyne Close, Bellingham, Portlaoise, on February 5.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that the theft occurred in the early hours of the morning and property to the value of €585 was taken.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said Basnett had been receiving sleeping tablets and got a call on the night saying she owed money for them.

The matter was put back to May 15 for a probation report.




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