Judge tells Limerick woman to ‘get a job’

Judge Patricia Harney

A JUDGE has told a Limerick City woman, described as a prodigious offender, to get a job if she wants to avoid going to jail.

Lyndsey Barry, of Hyde Villas, Prospect, appeared before Judge Patricia Harney at Limerick District Court charged with multiple thefts amounting to almost €1,700, including over €700 worth of alcohol. Cosmetics and razors were also among the items taken.

Ms Barry pleaded guilty to all charges.

She was granted bail by Judge Harney, despite the judge noting that the accused “offends prodigiously” and “is in a lot of trouble.”

Ms Barry’s solicitor told the court said that there was no reality in which the accused would be able to provide compensation for the losses, and asked that the case be adjourned as Ms Barry wasn’t “acting alone” when committing the thefts.

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The court heard there were between two and four people with her at the time of each of the offences.

The court was also told that Ms Barry had previously served a prison sentence and was co-operative with Gardaí.

Judge Harney granted bail in the case, but said that Ms Barry needed to bring some form of compensation to court with her the next time, and that she needed to do “something tangible” in order to avoid a prison sentence on the charges she faces.

“She needs to get a job,” Judge Harney remarked.

The judge remanded the accused on continuing bail to appear before the court again on July 28.