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Shoplifting granny 'had gone completely off the rails' before meat theft at Dublin supermarket

Tesco Metro in Terenure, south Dublin (Image via Google Maps)
Tesco Metro in Terenure, south Dublin (Image via Google Maps)

A grandmother who shoplifted meat from a supermarket had gone "off the rails" after the breakup of a relationship, a court heard.

Tara Fitzpatrick (44) was caught on CCTV stealing the goods.

Fitzpatrick, of Thomas Court, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to theft.

Judge Kathryn Hutton dismissed the case under the Probation Act, leaving her without a conviction.

Dublin District Court heard the accused went to Tesco, Terenure, at 5.28pm last June 5.

She put €82 of meat products into bags, then left the store without paying.

She was pursued and the property was recovered.

Gardai viewed CCTV footage after being called to the incident.

The accused was identified and later attended a garda station, where she was charged. She had no previous convictions.

While detained, Fitzpatrick was interviewed and quickly made admissions, said her barrister Emmet Nolan.

She is a mother of three children who all live with her. She also has two grandchildren.

Around the time of the offence, her 25-year relationship with her partner had broken down.

She went through a very difficult time and went "completely off the rails", added Mr Nolan.