Friday 20 October 2017

Man guilty of mugging that left grandmother with a broken leg

A man has been convicted of mugging an 83-year-old grandmother, leaving her with serious injuries including a broken leg.

Trevor O'Shea (33) was found guilty by a jury after a trial lasting one week. During the trial, he threatened one of the prosecuting gardai outside court which resulted in Judge Patricia Ryan revoking his bail.

O'Shea, of Bulfin Park, Birr, Co Offaly, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of Bridget Campbell as she was on her way to the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough street in Dublin.

He was remanded in custody until sentencing in March.

Judge Patrica Ryan thanked the jury for their service and ordered a victim impact report be prepared for Ms Campbell.

During the trial, Ms Campbell told Roughan Banim, prosecuting, that she would go into town every week to do some shopping before going to the Pro-Cathedral to do the stations of the cross.

She told Mr Banim that she remembered feeling a "terrible push" and then a bang on her head. She said she fell down and blacked out and when she awoke there were people around her and her handbag was missing.

She told the court that she suffered a broken leg, fractured cheek bones, a black eye and a cut about her left eye.

She added: "I was all bruised, black and blue."

Irish Independent

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