Tuesday 26 September 2017

Homeless, pregnant knife killer Kelly Noble back behind bars for trespassing

Kelly Noble was seen in the back garden of a house
Kelly Noble was seen in the back garden of a house
Kelly Noble. Photo: Stephen Collins / Collins

Andrew Phelan

Convicted killer Kelly Noble has been jailed for trespassing at a house while homeless, only days after finding out she is pregnant.

Noble (32) was sentenced to three months in prison after gardai caught her intruding in the back garden of a house, with her belongings found inside.

Dublin District Court heard she had only discovered in the last week that she is pregnant with her fourth child.

Judge Bryan Smyth noted that Noble had already been jailed for a similar offence in recent years before handing down her latest prison term.

Stabbed

She was convicted in 2007 of the manslaughter of a teenage mother who she stabbed to death in front of the young woman's children outside a supermarket.

Noble, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the latest charge of trespassing.

Gda Owen Brady told the court the incident happened at 12.20am on Chancery Street on August 1. He was on patrol when the occupants of a neighbouring house called to report trespassers next door.

On arriving, Gda Brady said he saw Noble beyond the fence around the property, looking in a window and trying to gain access. He found her belongings in the house.

There was a man at the scene as well and the garda believed Noble knew him. She was arrested and taken to Bridewell Garda Station and charged.

Gda Brady told Judge Smyth that the house was not occupied at the time and he believed Noble had gained access through a neighbouring back garden and over their back wall.

In addition to her manslaughter conviction, Noble has nine previous convictions for offences including trespass, theft and possession of knives.

She had addressed her drug issues and had now been clean of drugs for the last six months and "intended to stay that way", her lawyer said.

Noble had said she was not trying to gain entry to the house but admitted she was trespassing.

Judge Smyth noted that Noble had been given a prison sentence for a previous trespassing conviction.

Warrants

"She is trying her best to get on the right path. This is a slip," Noble's lawyer said.

The court heard 17 warrants had been issued for Noble's arrest in the past 11 years. She was already in custody because she had been refused bail over her warrant history. The court heard Noble's children were five, 15 and 16.

Judge Smyth said he would take into account the fact that she had already spent time in custody, and backdated the three months to August 29. Noble did not address the court.

She was convicted in 2007 of the manslaughter of Emma McLoughlin (19), who she stabbed to death outside Pat's Supermarket in Laytown, Co Meath, a year earlier.

The stabbing was witnessed by Ms McLoughlin's screaming children.

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