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money was tight Desperate mum who shoplifted food for her children had acted in "utter desperation"


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A MOTHER-of-two who shoplifted food for her children had acted in "utter desperation", a court has heard.

Science graduate Olamide Olasehinde (33) stole a trolley full of groceries from a supermarket to put food on the table while money was "tight".

Judge John King dismissed the case under the Probation Act after she made a €100 charity donation at Blanchardstown District Court. Olasehinde, of Ryebridge Green in Kilcock, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to theft at Dunnes Stores, Blanchardstown.

The court heard the accused passed payment points with €169 worth of groceries in a trolley on August 5 this year.

She was detained by security and gardaí were called.

Olasehinde had put her career on hold to raise her children and had temporarily separated from her partner.

Money was very tight at the time of the incident and she was under a lot of stress, her lawyer said. Olasehinde and her children had been living in a shared house.

"She acted in utter desperation to have food to feed her kids. To say she is remorseful and ashamed is an understatement," her lawyer said.

The accused was of an anxious disposition, he added, asking the judge for leniency.

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