It was such a lot of money. It was in my account so as far as I was concerned, it was mine." She said she spent the money on everything and anything, stupid things. Asked if she was bothered by the thefts she told gardai: If only you knew me, you would know I was bothered by this. "Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did. She said she ignored the letter from the bank because she was scared and realised she had done something wrong. Mr Clarke said his client had never before had disposal income to spend and had never been able to buy gifts for friends or family. On March 7 she spent 3,844 ($5,495) in Tierney's gift shop in Blanchardstown after buying two crystal vases and a crystal lamp. Judge Quinn asked how she managed to spend so much in gift shops that sell ordinary middle of the road type gifts. Counsel said McDonnell had never been in trouble before and had always tried to live her life in an upright fashion. Det Gda Smith said it was highly unlikely she would reoffend.
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There were bodies on the ground everywhere, and a sense of panic, people standing by their loved ones, but also people running away. The incident, which was treated as a terrorist attack immediately, came just over two weeks after five people were killed on Westminster Bridge by a car and four months after 12 people were killed when a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin. Within three hours of the attack police released a grainy photograph of a suspect with a goatee beard wearing a green jacket, white shoes and a grey hooded top. Graphic pictures posted on social media showed the lorrys progress printed in bloodied tyre tracks on the street, the body of the dog cast off to one side. View photos Emergency services work at the scene where a truck crashed into the Ahlens department store Credit: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP More People are lying mowed down along the whole route, reported a second witness. CPR is being given and rubbish bags are being used to cover the lifeless bodies. At a time when police across Europe are on hair-trigger alerts for terrorism, uniformed forces were deployed within minutes, many wearing gas masks, some with weapons drawn. I turned around and saw a big truck coming towards me. It swerved from side to side. It didnt look out of control, it was trying to hit people, Glen Foran, an Australian tourist in his 40s, told Reuters. It hit a pram with a kid in it, demolished it. It took a long time for police to get here. I suppose from their view it was quick, but it felt like forever. As news spread, Stockholm was placed into lockdown, with police telling the public to avoid the city centre. Trains in and out of the main station were suspended, as was the subway.
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