Woman given four month sentence for theft and public order offences

A Claremorris woman was sentenced to two four month prison sentences for a spate of thefts and a public order offence.

Winnie McDonagh, 35 Luí na Gréine, Claremorris, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty to three separate incidents of theft in court. She admitted to stealing 200 cigarettes from a Londis Shop in Ballyhaunis on October 8 2008, she admitted to stealing €12 worth of items from SuperValu in Claremorris on March 17 2008, and on July 4 2008 she was found in possession of a pair of shoes valued at €120 which had been stolen a number of days earlier from McGuire’s shoe shop in Ballina. She also pleaded guilty to a public order offence on June 26 2008 in Claremorris when she was arrested for being threatening and abusive on the street.

Solicitor for McDonagh, Cathy McDarby, told the court that her client is pregnant at the moment and suffers from kleptomania. She continued saying that her client was very sorry and that she had pleaded guilty to all the charges and was hoping to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Judge Kevin Kilraine convicted and sentenced McDonagh, who has a litany of previous convictions, to four months in prison for theft for handling stolen goods, and she was sentenced to four months for section four theft to be served concurrently. She was also fined €50 for the public order offence.


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