Grandmother who threw away knives used in robbery pleads guilty to impeding the apprehension of a person
A grandmother who threw knives used in a robbery into a bin has pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension of a person.
Rosemary Kane (51) told gardai that the two armed robbers stopped her car and got into it and told her to drive. She said she was frightened and nervous.
When the men got out later, Kane drove to the Killiney Shopping Centre where she took a bag left by the robbers and threw it into a charity clothes bin.
Kane, of Willow Vale, Ballybrack, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to impeding the apprehension of a person at Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown on April 23, 2011.
Judge Patrica Ryan dismissed the charge under the Probation Act after noting the remorse displayed by Kane and the fact that she has no other convictions.
She noted that the single mother is considered a respected and valued member of her local community and was bringing up a number of her grandchildren as her own.
Garda Bernard Dunne told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that two men had entered a shop armed with knives and had taken €1,140 in cash. They then left the scene and got into a Mazda car.
Gardai immediately traced the registration number of this car to Kane and telephoned her on her mobile. She told the gardai she was pulling into the shopping centre car park and agreed to wait for them there.
Gardai went there and arrested Kane. Investigators viewed CCTV footage of her putting the bag into the charity bin and they later retrieved the knives from the bin.
Asked in interview whether she had concealed evidence Kane replied: “I didn't want to, I was afraid of me life”.
She said she didn't contact gardai because she “didn't want to get involved”.