Woman claimed she was escaping violent husband
HISTORY OF CRIME JUDGE SENTENCES MOTHER TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL
A BRAY mother-of-two, who has spent 20 years as a ‘professional burglar’, went out of control after she lost a baby to cot death, a court heard.
Alice Connors (32) already had 15 years of crime behind her when her offending got worse because of her loss, her lawyer said in her defence.
Connors, now five months pregnant and with 62 previous convictions in counties across Leinster, was jailed for six months for her latest offence - uninsured and unlicenced driving while already banned.
The accused maintained that she had been assaulted by her husband and was escaping from him with her children in the car at the time.
As well as the prison sen- tence, Judge James McDonnell disqualified her from driving for another 10 years and fined her €250.
Carroll, of Southern Cross Road, Bray, and Kiltalawn Crescent, Tallaght, admitted driving without insurance or a licence at Citywest Road, Tallaght on February 10 last year.
Garda Diane Swift told Tallaght District Court that she stopped Connors driving a green Honda Civic at 6.02pm on the day in question.
Her previous convictions dated from 1989 and the offences included numerous burglaries and thefts, being drunk in charge of a child, criminal damage, escaping from custody and motoring offences. She had been fined, jailed, and given community service orders.
The offences were committed in Dun Laoghaire, Balbriggan, Bray, Wicklow, Enniscorthy, Monaghan, New Ross, Rathdrum, Portlaoise and Tallaght.
‘She had her children in the car,’ Solicitor Kevin Tunney said. ‘She had allegedly been assaulted by her husband and was getting away from him with her children.’
Both Connors and her husband were now serving prison sentences, while their children were being looked after by grandparents.
Connors was serving two years for burglary and was due for release in 2011. The cot death happened in 2003, after which she ‘lost it and went out of control, abusing drink’, Mr Tunney said.
Judge McDonnell pointed out that she had been offending before then.
‘She has been working as a professional burglar for the last 20 years,’ he said.
Mr Tunney said the ‘frequency’ of crimes increased after 2003. The accused was upset at the prospect of missing her daughter’s first communion this year.
Judge McDonnell made the six-month sentence concurrent to the one Connors is already serving.
Charges of driving without road tax or NCT were taken into consideration.