Woman used child to rob 80-year-old woman’s cash
‘DESPICABLE BEHAVIOUR’ DEFENDANT HAD 51 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS
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.