A Mountmellick woman charged with numerous thefts from shops and businesses has been put on probation.
Margaret Cash (32), Emmet Street, Mountmellick, was charged with stealing goods from Topaz, Portlaoise, on April 1, 2016; stealing towels from Shaws, Portlaoise, on June 3, 2016; stealing confectionary from Storm Cinema, Portlaoise, on June 16, 2016; stealing groceries from Campus Oil, Portlaoise, on June 25, 2016, and again on October 17, 2016; and the theft of diesel, from Campus Oil, Portlaoise, on February 6 this year.
The accused had 22 previous convictions.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said the total loss was €425 and the court had €300 bail belonging to the accused, with another €125 in court that day.
Ms Fitzpatrick said her client had an appalling record, but the accused was sole carer for her two children as her husband had left her.
She hadn’t been in receipt of benefits at the time, said Ms Fitzpatrick.
Saying that the only reason the accused was not going to prison was because she had children with health problems, and remarking that there was no point in imposing a fine as the accused could not pay it, Judge Catherine Staines applied the probation act, section 1.2.