Thursday 29 September 2016

Buggy allegedly stolen in queue to see Santa and later spotted in courthouse by garda

Andrew Phelan

Published 04/02/2016 | 07:54

The Jervis Street Shopping Centre where the alleged incident happened
The Jervis Street Shopping Centre where the alleged incident happened

A MOTHER-of-two stole a young child's buggy while he was queuing up outside Santa's grotto with his grandmother, it has been alleged.

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Anne Marie McDonagh (22) is accused of the theft of the buggy in an incident before Christmas in a busy city shopping centre.

A court heard a garda who viewed CCTV later spotted Ms McDonagh with the pram in a courthouse.

A co-accused, Mary McDonagh (26), is facing the same charge.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned both their cases for hearing on not guilty pleas.

Anne Marie of Seagull House, Crumlin Road and Mary McDonagh of Pearse House, Pearse Street are both charged with the theft of a buggy worth €300, at Jervis Street Shopping Centre on December 7, 2015.

In Anne Marie McDonagh's case, the court heard it would be alleged a woman was with her grandson at Santa's grotto.

She had a silver cross buggy and while she was not looking, it was alleged Anne Marie McDonagh stole it. Gardai were called and watched CCTV of the alleged incident.

Clothes

According to the prosecution, on a later date a garda was attending court in the Criminal Courts of Justice when he saw the accused with the same buggy, wearing the same clothes.

The pram has now been returned to the owner.

Anne Marie McDonagh had been in the company of her co-accused and a third party on the day, her solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said.

Anne Marie McDonagh would say she was asked by the third party to get her buggy as her own infant was in her arms, crying.

There was a queue of children waiting to see Santa and this woman pointed to a buggy.

No alleged facts were heard in Mary McDonagh's case, but Mr O'Mahony said she would say she did not know what was going on and was not using the buggy.

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