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theft charges Woman suffered trauma after innocent brother gunned down, court hears


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A SISTER of an innocent young man murdered in a case of mistaken identity suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after his death and turned to drugs to cope.

Audrey Johnson (45) is now clean from drugs and focused on staying clean, a court heard.

Judge David McHugh ordered Johnson to work with the probation service and to enter into a 12-month probation bond.

The defendant, with an address at Greenfort Lawns in Clondalkin, admitted to a number of charges of theft.

Blanchardstown District Court heard Johnson stole cosmetics worth €76 from Tesco, Fonthill Road, Liffey Valley on May 1, 2019.

Johnson also used a bank card to steal amounts of €11 and €12 from Texaco, Ballydowd in Lucan on two occasions on December 3, 2018.

The court heard that Johnson had 19 previous convictions, most recently for road traffic matters in 2017.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said that Johnson's brother was tragically murdered near his home a number of years ago.

Mr Fleming said the defendant's brother, who was in his 20s, was entirely innocent and it was a case of mistaken identity.

He said Johnson, a mother of a teenager, suffered greatly after her brother's death.

She developed post-traumatic stress disorder and fell into using drugs.

Mr Fleming said these thefts dated back more than 12 months.

They were all for small amounts and were committed to fund her drug habit.

The court also heard that Johnson was not a sophisticated criminal.

She was interviewed by gardaí in relation to one matter, cooperated fully with them and "spilled" to them about a number of thefts, the solicitor said.

Mr Fleming said Johnson was now doing well and she also had a new partner.

The defendant was drug-free, providing clean urines, and was focused on remaining drug-free.

Ordering Johnson to enter into a probation bond, Judge McHugh said she was to cooperate fully with the probation services and follow their recommendations.

The defendant's 21-year-old brother was shot dead in 2013 as he made his way home from a night out.

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