In the Irish Bill Wilson chanting groups of AA and NA, Ciara Graydon of Dublin Ireland steals €830 worth of luxury dresses and avoids jail by using the "Bill Wilson get out of jails card free" by becoming a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) secretary in Dublin Ireland.
Woman stole €830 worth of luxury dresses
TOOK ITEMS FROM THREE SHOPS
Wednesday July 25 2012
A DUBLIN woman who stole €830 worth of luxury dresses from Monsoon, Coast and Pamela Scott inside Scotch Hall Shopping Centre narrowly avoided a suspended sentence being reactivated after her lawyer, Irene Sands fought and won her case on a point of law.
However, the ex-drug addict - who had been using cannabis since she was 12-years-of-age, was given a six months sentence for the theft charges and also convicted and fined €200 for failing to appear before the court on a previous date.
Ciara Graydon, with addresses at Ennel Drive, Artane, and Bayview Avenue, North Strand, was accused of theft from all three shops on July 29th, 2011. Garda Nolan who was called to the shopping centre at 5pm on that date, found Graydon in possession of the dresses while she was inside Monsoon. When Judge Conal Gibbons was told that Graydon (23) had nine previous convictions including a suspended sentence, the judge moved to send her back to the Dublin court which had imposed that sentence in May 2011, but her solicitor, Irene Sands argued that the date of this offence and not the date of the suspended sentence would determine if that was the case.
The case was adjourned until after lunch and the judge advised everyone involved including the garda inspector to ' do their homework'.
Afterwards, Ms Sands produced her legal argument using the Criminal Justice Act 2007 and the judge told her, she was 'right' and he didn't have to send the suspended sentence case back to the CCCJ. Turning to the Scotch Hall theft charges, the judge allowed Graydon and her father, who was in court, to address him from the witness box.
Both of them said she had turned her life around and was now secretary for Narcotics Anonymous in Dublin's inner city.
Judge Gibbons said he had found the details of the theft charges 'shocking and that he had to protect property owners from people like Graydon.
He pointed out that even though she had been given the suspended sentence in the CCCJ in May 2011, she went out and committed the Scotch Hall theft charges just months later.
He sentenced her to a total of six months and convicted and fined her €200 with six months to pay for failing to appear in court.