16 Aug 2022

Shoplifter who stole from Tipperary stores has jail sentence increased for breaking bond

Woman sentenced to a further two months

Shoplifter who stole from Tipperary stores has jail sentence increased for breaking bond

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath: revoked two months of a Section 99 bond

A woman who was jailed by Nenagh Court for four months for shoplifting in a number of stores around the town has had her sentence increased.

Ethel Griffin of 21 Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, pleaded to six counts of theft on September 11, 2019, at the court in February

The February court heard that she and an accomplice who was not in court took cosmetics valued at €580 from Ryans, Pearse Street; €249 worth of cosmetics from Finnertys, Kenyon Street; €119 worth of cosmetics from Ray Walsh’s, Pearse Street.

She also took toys valued at €190 from JKC’s, Pearse Street; children’s clothes worth €135 from Slatterys of Nenagh, Pearse Street, and candles valued at €70 from Easons, Pearse Street.

The court was told that conviction triggered a Section 99 bond in relation to a shoplifting offence at Dunnes Stores, Annbrook, Nenagh, on September 9, 2017, in which Ms Griffin stole €87 worth of meat products.

She received a four-month sentence, suspended for two years for that offence at Nenagh Court in 2018.

That case came back before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh Court last Friday.

Ms Griffin’s solicitor, Turlough Herbert, told Judge MacGrath that his client had been apprehended immediately and the meat products recovered.

Judge MacGrath said that she noted that the offences were similar and said she would revoke two months of the four-month suspended sentence, meaning Ms Griffin will now face six months in jail.

Judge MacGrath set recognizance in Ms Griffin’s own bond of €250 with an independent surety of €500, €250 of which was to be lodged in cash in court and approved by the court.

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