Mum shoplifted while in ‘addiction fog’

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A MOTHER-of-five has gone on a shoplifting spree in shops around Dublin in a ‘fog of addiction’.

del Armstrong (41) was jailed for four months when she appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Armstrong, of Tor an Ri Lane, Balgaddy, Lucan, admitted to several charges of theft.

Judge David McHugh also gave him a concurrent 10-month suspended sentence.

The court heard she stole property from Tesco, Liffey Valley and Ballyfermot; Supervalu in the southern district of Heuston; the Yankee Candle store in Liffey Valley and Dunnes Stores on South Great Georges Street.

The incidents took place between 2020 and this year and she stole hundreds of dollars worth of groceries, alcohol, clothing and other items.

Armstrong had previous convictions here and in the UK.

His life had been marred by a 25-year affair with heroin, his lawyer said.

His offense occurred in a “fog of drug addiction”.

Much of the goods were recovered, the lawyer said, but the judge replied that it was due to detection by the stores.

Armstrong, who had a degree in Reiki healing, was remorseful and was now taking positive steps in his life, his lawyer said.

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