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Supended jail term for 'shoplifting spree'

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Supended jail term for 'shoplifting spree'

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A Portlaoise woman sentenced to three months in jail for “a shoplifting spree”, who then went out and shoplifted on the same day she appealed this prison sentence and was given an extra one month in jail, has had the sentences suspended on appeal by Portlaoise Circuit Court.

Before the recent sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court was Nicole Carroll, 27, with addresses at St Brigid’s Place and Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy.

She was sentenced to three months in prison at Portlaoise District Court on September 27, 2018.

This was for a number of theft matters over several months that year, with stolen goods including phone chargers and phone covers, clothes, power bags, and assorted goods from a number of local shops.

In ruling in the district court, Judge Catherine Staines said the accused on gone on “a shoplifting spree” while she’d been on probation. Judge Staines said she had to impose a prison sentence.

The appellant appealed this district court sentence, and the very same day went out and committed another theft.

She stole items from Aldi in Portlaoise, on September 28 last.

She was observed getting into a car which was registered to her address at Millrose House, Portlaoise, and when questioned by gardaí she made full admissions.

When her appeal first came before Portlaoise Circuit Court last December, barrister for the appellant, Mr Rory Hanniffy said his client had led a normal life, but around the age of 24 she began using heroin and committed thefts to fund that.

Judge Keenan Johnson then adjourned the case to March 20 for a probation report.

When the case returned to court last week, Mr Hannify said the appellant was receiving ongoing supervision from the probation services.

Judge Keenan Johnson noted that all the stolen goods had been recovered, meaning there was no loss to the shops.

In that event, Judge Johnson increased the one month sentence to two months, suspended for two years on condition the appellant enter into a peace bond of €500 to keep the peace for two years, and remain under probation supervision for 12 months.

The three-month sentence was suspended on the same terms.