Ukrainian woman convicted of St Stephen’s Day theft from Tralee department store

A Ukrainian mother of five has been convicted of stealing clothing and other items worth just over €500 from a Tralee department store. Tralee Courthouse At Tralee District Court, Hanna Hryhoryeva pleaded guilty to the offence which occurred on St Stephen’s Day last. The court heard that Ms Hryhoryeva stole items including clothing and toys worth €501 from the Debenhams store at the Manor West Shopping Centre on December 26th. She was apprehended on leaving the shop and all items were recovered. Solicitor Pádraig O’Connell told the court that his client’s circumstances were extremely dire and she was on the poverty line. She had been in Ireland since 2001, he said. One of Mr Hryhoreva’s five children was with her mother in court and was held by Mr O’Connell in his arms while she gave evidence. Judge James O’Connor queried whether all of her five children were ‘from the same stable,’ to which Mr O’Connell replied that they were. The accused, with an address at Elm Grove, Ballydribeen, Killarney, pleaded guilty to the charge. She was convicted and fined €125 with eight months to pay.