A woman described as having a history of illness had a nine-month prison sentence suspended for a period of two years by Judge Alice Doyle at the District Court appeals sitting of Waterford Circuit Criminal Court.
Kathleen Ward, with an address at Anne Street, Waterford, appeared before the court with “quite a lot of theft and shoplifting” offences blotting her ledger, according to State Solicitor Frank Hutchinson, who also referenced her large number of previous convictions”.
He added that Ward had a “history of illness,” adding that “a certain view had been expressed by the psychiatrist in relation to the matter”. A psychiatric report in relation to Ward had also been previously entered into the court file.
Ordering Kathleen Ward to keep the peace and to hand over a €100 bond to the court, Judge Doyle also requested that Ward adhere to her schedule of psychotropic medication and to continue attending both outpatient psychiatric services and the Treo Probation Project.
“You’re getting a chance, use it,” implored Judge Doyle. “Appear before me again and you’ll serve every day of your sentence.”