A young mother took a number of toys from a shelf at a local petrol station, handed them to a child who was with her and left the store without paying, a court heard.
Ridget Gavin (26) pleaded guilty to theft at the southbound Applegreen gas station on September 16, 2021.
She also admitted a charge of no insurance on the same date and failure to provide gardaí with requested information on September 23, 2021.
Garda Niall Turley told the court that on the date in question Gavin, with an address in Sillogue Green, Naul Road, was a passenger in a car which drove into the forecourt of Applegreen petrol station.
The driver of the vehicle got out and put a quantity of fuel in the car.
The accused then entered the store, took toys worth €39.99 from the shelf and piled them up, Garda Turley said.
She handed them to a young child who was with her, checked that all the exits were clear, then ordered the child to leave the store with the goods through all the payment points.
Regarding not giving information to the gardaí, Garda Turley said that Gavin was the registered owner of the vehicle at the time and that the gardaí asked who was driving on September 16, but they did not. wouldn’t say.
The accused has two prior convictions.
Defense lawyer Fiona D’Arcy said Gavin did not enter the store with any intent to commit an offense and ‘can’t really explain it’ other than to say ‘she’s so sorry’ .
She told the court that the defendant had €40 in court with her to cover the cost of the toys taken away.
The lawyer said that regarding the other offence, the defendant did not understand what was being asked of him and thought that gardaí was talking about a driver’s license.
“She really didn’t know what was being asked of her, she is unemployed, a traveling community member with three young children,” Ms D’Arcy added.
Judge Maire Conneely imposed a fine of €250 for the non-insurance offence, taking other factors into account.