Kildare woman rapped by judge for texting as her case was being heard

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Kildare woman criticised by judge for texting as her case was being heard

Naas Courthouse

A woman who was trying to send a text message to her husband while her case was being heard was reprimanded by the sitting judge at Naas District Court on May 12.

Manuela Lacatus, 22, whose address was given as 8 Willowbrook Park, Celbridge was prosecuted for taking €223 worth of goods from the Lidl store in Sallins on April 30 last.

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Sgt Jim Kelly said the woman had the groceries in a pram.
He said she paid for some of the items and the property was recovered.
Judge Desmond Zaidan noted that the woman was texting and asked a garda to take the phone from her.
Barrister Mark Gibbons said she was texting her husband.
He added she has been here for six years and has four children aged under five.
He said she gets €200 per week on social welfare and her husband earns a similar amount delivering leaflets.

He also said the woman is five months pregnant and she was doing it to provide food.
He said the pregnancy might explain her poorly thought out decision. He said she had €200 in court.
The woman has three previous convictions.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said the costs of providing security in stores to combat theft is passed on to consumers.
He said the woman had demonstrated total disrespect for the court and her legal representative.
He imposed an eight months custody term.

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