Woman allegedly shoplifted at Penneys’ minutes before court appearance – for shoplifting


A woman shoplifted Pennys as she headed to court to appear on other shoplifting charges.

isa Mongan appeared in Letterkenny District Court in County Donegal for stealing goods worth between € 400 and € 600 worth of Penneys cosmetics and clothing from Letterkenny Shopping Center.

The court heard that Gardai had CCTV footage showing Ms. Mongan (33) lifting objects and placing them in her bag before going out without paying.

None of the items were recovered.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, the last moments before she appeared in court on similar charges.

Judge Raymond Finnegan learned that his colleague Judge Paul Kelly had effectively barred Ms Mongan from entering Letterkenny stores because of her risk of shoplifting.

Ms Mongan’s attorney, Mr Donough Cleary, requested bail, which Gardai vigorously opposed.

The court heard that the accused had been issued a total of 27 arrest warrants although she had not appeared in court before.

Garda McBride said when he charged Ms Mongan she replied “I don’t remember” and when warned she replied “I’m so sorry”.

He added that there were no bail conditions that would satisfy him that Ms. Mongan should be released on bail.

Lawyer Donough Cleary said Ms Mongan had problems in that if she was remanded in custody she would not be able to attend court recommended counseling.

“I see bigger issues than that for her right now,” said Judge Finnegan.

He has remanded Ms Mongan, of Cashel Park, Lisnennan, to appear by video conference on October 26.

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