Thursday 23 February 2017

Irish Traveller to die behind bars after one scam too many

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

THE relationship between 'Irish Travellers' and the settled community in the United States is a fraught one. And in the southern states, where most of the Irish Traveller community is based, it has deteriorated further.

Last Monday, after hearing evidence that Rickey Allen Daugherty, a member of an Irish Traveller group, had duped an 80-year-old woman out of $12,000 for a con repair job to the guttering on her house, a jury sentenced him to life imprisonment. Under Texas law, Daugherty, 58, will die in prison.

Even by Texas standards, which has the most severe sentencing record and highest death penalty rulings of any US state, Daugherty's sentence was harsh. It reflects the anger at the systematic scamming of lonely, elderly people by cruel professional con artists like Daugherty.

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