Woman jailed for Christmas for stealing whiskey

December 2, 2016

A woman who hid three bottles of whiskey in her dress after stealing them will spend Christmas in jail.

Terca Muntean, aged 41, appeared before Letterkenny District Court, charged with the theft from Dry Arch Filling Station at Bonagee.

The court was told that Ms Muntean took 3 bottles of Hennessey whiskey to a value of €104.

She left the store in the company of other people but was spotted on CCTV hiding the whiskey under her dress on October 6th, 2015.

She was later interviewed on November 24th, 2015 and admitted the offence.

Her solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was part of a number of people in the shop and suggested that another woman was the more senior party in the group.

The court heard how Muntean, of Warren Grove, Boyle, Co Roscommon, had 24 previous convictions, and that 14 of these were for theft.

Judge Paul Kelly said it was accepted there was a co-accused in the case and sentenced Muntean to 3 months in prison but suspended the last six weeks of the sentence meaning that she will serve six weeks in jail.