Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A woman who was found in a drunken state in a car full of prop­erty that had been stolen dur­ing the course of a bur­glary in En­nis­cor­thy ap­peared be­fore the court last week charged with han­dling stolen goods.

Mar­garet Cash (27) of 22 Sun­dale Vil­las, Tal­laght, Dublin, was present in court and pleaded guilty to the charge, dat­ing from Oc­to­ber 5, 2013.

De­tec­tive Garda Martin Braud­ers told the court that on the night in ques­tion, gar­daí re­ceived a call about a car act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the Drum­goold area.

The ve­hi­cle was even­tu­ally lo­cated and a chase en­sued. The car pulled in at Kil­con­nib, Mon­ageer, and some of the oc­cu­pants fled the scene, leav­ing the de­fen­dant and an­other lady be­hind. Garda Braud­ers said that the de­fen­dant was in an in­tox­i­cated state when ar­rested and had to be taken to hos­pi­tal as she was ill. He said that the prop­erty, con­sist­ing of a lap­top, a flat-screen TV, pieces of Water­ford Crys­tal and 20 rugs, was owned by Mr Andy O’Brien and had been taken dur­ing the course of a bur­glary.

Garda Braud­ers said that he was happy that the de­fen­dant, whose only pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions were road traf­fic mat­ters, had taken no part in the bur­glary and that she played a mi­nor part in the whole in­ci­dent.

Cash’s so­lic­i­tor said that she was a mother of seven and was fac­ing a dif­fi­cult time at the mo­ment as the fam­ily were be­ing made home­less. He said that they are cur­rently go­ing site to site and are find­ing it very hard.

Upon hear­ing all the ev­i­dence, Judge Haughton opted to give Cash the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act Sec­tion 1.2, record­ing a con­vic­tion, but not im­pos­ing a penalty.

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