Woman used child to rob 80-year-old woman’s cash

‘DE­SPI­CA­BLE BE­HAV­IOUR’ DE­FEN­DANT HAD 51 PRE­VI­OUS CON­VIC­TIONS

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THE BE­HAV­IOUR of a woman who walked into the home of an 80-year-old woman to steal her cash and purse was branded as de­spi­ca­ble by Judge Don­n­chadh O Buachalla last week.

The judge was deal­ing with the prose­cu­tion of 36-year-old Alice Con­nors with ad­dresses at South­ern Cross Road in Bray and 5 Kil­talown Cres­cent in Tal­laght. She ad­mit­ted steal­ing the money and purse – which were never re­cov­ered from a woman in En­nis­cor­thy, Co. Wex­ford.

Ms. Con­nors ar­rived at En­nis­cor­thy District Court fresh from re­ceiv­ing an eight-month sen­tence in Dublin the pre­vi­ous day and she was on her way to meet a fur­ther case listed at Naas District Court. De­tec­tive Garda John Dwyer was at the court­house in Ard­ca­van to give ev­i­dence of what occurred on Novem­ber 29 at Slaney View Park to leave the el­derly res­i­dent trau­ma­tised.

The el­derly lady opened her door at 6.15 p.m. on the evening in ques­tion to find the ac­cused out­side. Ms. Con­nors in­di­cated that she knew her and walked into the house with her seven-year-old child. The child dis­tracted the house­holder by ask­ing for a drink of wa­ter and, when she went to fetch the wa­ter, Alice Con­nors took the purse.

‘A form of trick­ery was used,’ said the de­tec­tive, who said that the child and a youth had been singing car­ols. He in­formed the court that the de­fen­dant had 51 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, 22 of them crim­i­nal con­vic­tions. She re­ceived sen­tences last year for han­dling stolen prop­erty and for bur­glary. In 2005, she was sen­tenced to five months in prison for es­cap­ing law­ful cus­tody.

De­fend­ing so­lic­i­tor Caitri­ona Walsh said she did not need to hear the full list of pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal con­vic­tions, mainly a mix­ture of thefts and bur­glar­ies. Ms. Walsh pointed out that her client’s guilty plea spared the eled­erly lady the ne­ces­sity to give ev­i­dence, adding that €100 com­pen­sa­tion would be handed over by Ms. Con­nors’ par­ents that af­ter­noon at Naas court.

Ms. Walsh in­tro­duced the de­fen­dant as a mother of two, aged eight and four, with an­other child due in May.

She had suf­fered two mis­car­riages and was ad­dicted to drugs, es­pe­cially heroin. How­ever, she had been drug free of late, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pro­gramme at the Dóchas women’s prison in the Moun­tjoy com­plex.

Ms. Walsh said Ms. Con­nors ex­pected a hefty sen­tence but she sug­gested that the term should run con­cur­rent with the one im­posed the pre­vi­ous day in Dublin. Judge Don­n­chadh O Buachalla did not agree. He said he re­garded ac­tiv­ity de­scribed by Garda Dwyer as a de­spi­ca­ble form of crime and he marked it ‘con­sec­u­tive’.

Later, dur­ing the same court sit­ting, her hus­band Ger­ard Con­nors of 5 Kil­talown Cres­cent at Job­stown in Tal­laght was also dis­patched to jail.

He was found guilty of motoring of­fences. The judge was told that he gave Garda Sergeant Pat Burke a false name when he stopped the de­fen­dant at Clonat­tin Lower in Gorey on May 5 – con­vic­tion and sen­tence of six months. He was unin­sured at the time.

He again had no cover when in­ter­cepted by Garda Michael Burke at Camolin on Novem­ber 30 – con­vic­tion and sen­tence of two months, con­sec­u­tive.

The court was told that Con­nors was al­ready serv­ing a four month sen­tence handed down in Dublin.

Af­ter hear­ing that he had five pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for driv­ing unin­sured, Judge O Buachalla con­cluded that the de­fen­dant had no re­gard what­ever for the law.

Ger­ard Con­nors was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six years.

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