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Dublin woman admits stealing £6,000 worth of designer handbags in Belfast

The court heard how Gaffney suffers from psychiatric and addiction issues and was 'in a bad place' at time of offending

Designer handbags (Stock photo)

Jamie McDowell

A Dublin woman yesterday admitted to four counts of stealing designer handbags worth thousands from an upmarket shop in Belfast.

Catherine Gaffney, from Carroroe Avenue, Grange, Dublin, admitted stealing the bags on three separate occasions.

The 55-year-old appeared at Belfast Crown Court before she was returned to Hydebank women’s prison where she has been remanded.

Gaffney admitted to stealing Mulberry handbags worth over £1,800 from House of Fraser in the Victoria Square shopping complex in Belfast city centre on July 7, 2016.

She then returned to the shop the next day where she stole another Mulberry bag worth £1,050 before returning again later in the year, on November 19, when she stole another three Mulberry bags worth a total of £3,000.

Women's black leather handbag isolated on white background

Gaffney has a long criminal record in the south, where she’s been convicted of handling stolen goods as well as thefts.

Her defence argued their client suffers from psychiatric and addiction issues and had been “in a bad place” at the time of her offending.

Judge Neil Raferty QC said stealing items of high value appeared to be the “modus operandi’ of Gaffney.

She was remanded back into custody ahead of sentencing on December 3.

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