Suspended sentence after stealing spree

A WOMAN WHO went on a stealing spree in Arklow has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

Caroline Duffin ( 43), of 16 Mount George, Wexford, took a taxi home from a pub in Arklow town the 70km to Wexford after a daylong spree which saw her steal purses, handbags, cash and a jacket at a number of local businesses, including the St Vincent de Paul premises, in the Co Wicklow town.

She was stopped by Gardaí in a taxi she entered her home town of Wexford with over € 1,100 in cash and a stolen jacket on her person on August 13, 2009.

Full evidence in the case had been heard previously and Duffin was before Wexford District Court last week for penalty. Tim Cummings, for Duffin, read details from his client's psychiatric report by way of mitigation, outlining some serious difficulties she has encountered.

Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla pointed out that Duffin has a large number of previous convictions for theft offences, which was acknowledged by Mr Cummings. Duffin had 63 previous convictions, of which 56 are for theft and larceny.

Duffin was sentenced to three months in prison on one of the many theft charges from Arklow and sentenced to three months in prison, the warrant not to issue if she is of good behaviour for two years.

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