A 27-YEAR-OLD woman has been ordered to do community service over the theft of clothing from an Enniskillen supermarket earlier this year.
Mary McDonagh appeared before Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing after being charged with the theft of a cardigan and dress valued at £13 from ASDA on April 22nd.
The court heard that at 4pm on the date in question, police were alerted to the theft after McDonagh attended the store. She brought four items of children’s clothing to the self-service checkout but only scanned two of the items of clothing and then left the store with the four. CCTV showed her getting into a black Ford Focus. A police check discovered the registered owner of the car and when officers called to the address, they found the car parked outside with the items inside the vehicle. The court heard that the items were seized and fit for resale.
When arrested, McDonagh of Hudson Heights in Irvinestown, told police in an interview that she had forgotten to scan the two items. The court heard that McDonagh hadn’t intended to leave the store without paying for the items and that the incident had been “a genuine mistake”.
A pre-sentence report had been prepared in the case and defence solicitor Tommy Owens said that his client would consent to a community service order.
Deputy District Judge Peter King was told that McDonagh, a married mother-of-one, has 16 previous convictions, including four for theft.
The judge sentence her to 75 hours of community service.
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