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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Mum jailed over crime spree days after prison release

A MOTHER of two with 203 previous convictions was jailed for two-and-a-half years for a crime spree committed just 72 hours after she was released from prison.

Brigid O'Sullivan (37), was released from Cork Prison on May 24 after serving an eight- month prison sentence for burglary – and, within three days, had committed another burglary.

O'Sullivan was arrested by gardai and later released on bail that same day. But the following day (May 28), she was arrested again after committing another burglary in Ballinhassig, Co Cork.

Judge Sean O Donnabhain in Cork Circuit Criminal Court was told that O'Sullivan has a total of 203 convictions dating from when she was just 15 years old. She suffers from a serious heroin problem but has been taking steps to address her addiction.

BURGLARIES

O'Sullivan of ComeraghPark, The Glen, Cork, pleaded guilty to all three charges – one of which was committed while she was on bail and one of which involved the breach of an earlier suspended sentence.

She has spent a considerable portion of her adult life in prison. Her latest burglaries involved two private homes and a pharmacy. None involved any element of violence. Judge O Donnabhain said it was crucial she now take steps herself to address her addiction problems.

He imposed an 18-month sentence for one burglary and a second consecutive 12-month prison sentence for the burglary committed while on bail. The judge added he was taking the breach of the previous suspended sentence into account.

Irish Independent

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