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Serial thief who preyed on elderly women dies after reign of terror

Ken Foy

Published 14/06/2014 | 06:53

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Gardai have ruled out foul play in the death of a criminal who specialised in robbing vulnerable elderly people including a 93-year-old woman whom he slapped and kicked.

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There are no suspicious circumstances about the death of thug William O’Gorman whose body was found at Baron’s Hall House in Balbriggan, north Co Dublin, at 1.45am yesterday.

Sources say the 39-year-old serial criminal will not be mourned by pensioner women after he made a career of terrorising them.

A source said:“Willie O’Gorman was a nasty piece of work and he preyed on the most vulnerable ladies in our society. A lot of people are saying good riddance. The streets of north Co Dublin will be safer now that this fella has passed away.”

In May 2007, the thug was jailed for six years for a spate of theft offences including robbing from supermarkets and off-licences in the Balbriggan and Skerries areas.

But he was also well known for terrorising elderly women.

After being released from jail in December 2009, he went on a crime spree which included mugging a 70-year-old woman while she was in church and stealing another elderly woman’s shopping bag after following her home.

Other offences included robbing a barbershop at knifepoint and locking a woman in a funeral home.

Attack

O’Gorman, who then lived at Brackenwood Avenue in Balbriggan, also terrorised a 93-year-old woman who managed to walk to her neighbours for help after the attack. He was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for the offences.

It emerged that the 93-year-old woman lived on her own when he called to her door at around 3pm on the day. He dragged the victim into another room as he searched for money. In the other room he threw her to the ground and kicked her.

He then demanded to know where her money was and slapped her in the face. She managed to trip a panic alarm and told him gardaí were on the way, causing him to flee with €80.

kfoy@herald.ie

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