A Portlaoise woman has been given community service for shoplifting.
Andrea Kelly (41), St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, was charged with theft, from Dealz, Laois Shopping Centre, on January 25, 2017.
Inspector Ollie Baker gave evidence that the accused filled up two bags with sweets and crisps to a value of €50 and left without paying. The property was recovered.
The accused had four previous convictions for theft.
Defence, Ms Louise Troy said her client, a mother of seven, had been under very difficult circumstances as her social welfare had stopped, so she took the items to feed herself.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed 70 hours’ community service in lieu of one month in prison, and put the matter back to January 12 next for a community service report.