New mother stole €190 of baby milk and chicken out of necessity, court told

January 6, 2020

A new mum who stole more than €190 worth of baby milk and a chicken has appeared in court.

Maria Rostas appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with three counts of shoplifting.

Ms Rostas, aged 22, pleaded guilty to all three charges, two of which occurred at Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny and the third at Boots Chemist also in Letterkenny.

The court was told that Ms Rostas, of The Green, Conoy, was caught on CCTV taking all the items.

Mr Patsy Gallagher, solicitor for the accused, said his client was with two other people during the incidents and that she was the youngest.

He said she has no previous convictions and was taking the milk out of necessity to feed her then five-month-old baby.

Judge Paul Kelly said the disturbing aspect to the cases was that there was an element of pre-planning in the incidents.

The court was told that the accused was prepared to reimburse the stores for their loss.

Judge Kelly adjourned the case to February 3rd to allow for payment to be made.