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Guilty plea Dublin woman jailed after stealing €1,200 from shop safe during crime 'spree'

Margaret Cawley (31) was jailed for 11 months after she admitted a series of offences committed between 2019 and this year

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The Centra on Rathsallagh Drive in Shankill. Photo: Google

The Centra on Rathsallagh Drive in Shankill. Photo: Google

The Centra on Rathsallagh Drive in Shankill. Photo: Google

A woman burgled a convenience store, opening the safe and stealing €1,200 during a "spree," a court heard.

Margaret Cawley (31) was jailed for 11 months after she admitted a series of offences committed between 2019 and this year.

Cawley, of Daletree Place, Ballycullen, pleaded guilty to burglary, uninsured driving and other charges.

Judge Bryan Smyth also banned her from driving for 20 years.

Dublin District Court heard Cawley went to Centra, Rathsallagh Drive, in Shankill on January 11 last year when she took a cup of tea and washing powder, worth €11.

She left the shop, returned and entered a staff area where she took €50 from a wallet and opened the safe. She took €1,200 from it, as well as a bag containing another €200.

She was later identified on CCTV but none of the €1,450 was recovered.

Cawley also admitted attempted theft with three other women who filled black bags with groceries at Centra, Drimnagh Road on November 30 last year.

Cawley had driven there without licence or insurance.

Defence solicitor Michael Byrne said the primary reason for Cawley's offending was her drug addiction.

She had attended treatment but later relapsed. Cawley had found it difficult to connect with social and health services during the pandemic.

Her previous convictions included 10 for having no insurance.

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