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Theft charge Mum-of-five with 'appalling record' of more than 200 convictions is jailed


A SERIAL-offending mother-of-five with an "appalling record" of more than 200 criminal convictions has been given a two-month sentence.

Linda Staunton (45) admitted theft and attempted theft in three separate incidents in Dublin city centre.

Judge Bryan Smyth imposed sentence at Dublin District Court.

A garda sergeant said Staunton, of Dunne Street Flats, Dublin 1, stole cosmetics at McAuley's Pharmacy, Charlemont Street, on June 23.


The court heard she took €214 worth of goods and left without paying.

Staff tried to stop her and reclaimed some of the cosmetics but she escaped with €100 worth, a garda sergeant said.

The next day, June 24, gardaí responded to a panic alarm from the same pharmacy where Staunton fled after trying to put products into her handbag.

Gardaí identified her from CCTV.

Also on June 24, Staunton was seen acting suspiciously at Talbot Street and when gardaí stopped her, she had €47 worth of stolen goods in her bag.

Staunton was addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and tablets for half of her life, her solicitor Roy O'Neill said.