Woman claimed she was es­cap­ing vi­o­lent hus­band


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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.

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