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Warrant issued for thieving grandmother who broke into man's house with a flower pot

ANDREW PHELAN

Published 09/04/2014 | 10:32

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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a grandmother who broke into a man's house with a flower pot in the early hours of the morning and took a large amount of his property.

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The warrant was issued for Jacqueline O'Dempsey (52) when she failed to appear in Dublin District Court for sentencing on charges arising from the incident.

The mother-of-six and grandmother-of-14 had smashed the front window, got in with an accomplice and tripped the power.

O'Dempsey, with an address at Turret Road, Palmerstown, admitted causing criminal damage at the house at Convent Lawns, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot last September 12.

She also pleaded guilty to handling stolen property including a diabetic testing machine, rosary beads, jewellery box, gold-plated watch, silver necklace, mobile phone, candlestick holder, wind chimes and CDs.

The case was before Judge Hugh O'Donnell for the production of a pre-sentence probation. However, O'Dempsey failed to appear and Judge O'Donnell issued a warrant for her arrest.

Previously, Garda Malachi McGarvey told the court the victim was out of his house when the accused went there at 3am.

She knocked on the door several times to ensure nobody was home, then went into a neighbouring garden, where she got a clay flower pot which she used to smash the front downstairs window.

The alarm went off and the accused returned a short time later with a second woman. Both of them entered the house through the broken window and once inside, they tripped the power to silence the alarm. This did not work, however, and instead it turned off the lights. Once inside, they stole a large amount of property from the house.

The pair were unaware that a hidden CCTV camera was recording them.

She had no previous convictions of any kind. The accused had worked in a supermarket for 11 years.

"It is a bit late to be embarking on a life of crime," Judge O'Donnell said.

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