Monday 18 December 2017

'Driveway gang' demanded €370 from woman (71)

Emer Connolly

A PENSIONER was "intimidated, harassed and emotionally drained" by three men who demanded money from her while claiming to fix her driveway.

Willie McGinley (30), of Kilmachutchin Close, Clondalkin; and Simon Doherty (41), of Old Castle Park, Bawnogue, admitted making demands for €370 with menaces from Rose O'Keefe in Tallaght, on August 17, 2011.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that Ms O'Keefe (71) was gardening when a van containing McGinley, Doherty and a juvenile pulled up.

Doherty got out of the van and told her he was in the area doing driveways and that he would clean and fill her driveway for €400.

She said she didn't have any money and the youth then started spraying the driveway, without the woman's permission.

Gda Kilcoyne said the men wouldn't take no for an answer.

"She was nearly crying at this stage," said the garda.

Ms O'Keefe then drove to her local AIB bank and withdrew €300. On her return, the youth told her that her driveway would have to be dug up and he wanted €1,600 for doing this.

Ms O'Keefe was "very upset" at this point and on seeing this, the youth asked for €600 instead of €1,600.

Ms O'Keefe eventually handed over €370 and the two men and the youth left in the van.

The court heard that Doherty gave gardai €370 as compensation for Ms O'Keefe, while both men offered their bail money, €2,350 in total, to her.

Judge Patricia Ryan was told that the youth was given a caution. Both accused will be sentenced in November.

Irish Independent

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