Monday 19 August 2019

Eagle-eyed children rang gardai after spotting burglar 'acting suspiciously'

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Fiona Ferguson

A burglar has been jailed for two years after eagle eyed children out playing alerted her suspicious activity to gardai and to the homeowner whose house she entered.

Tanya Tate (37), who has 115 previous convictions, had just been released from prison the previous day. She told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court she was deeply sorry and had no recollection of events.

Tate of Sarsfield Street, Sallynoggin, Dublin pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at a house in Glenageary and to trespassing on the curtilage or in the vicinity of four other houses in the neighbourhood with the intention to commit an offence or interfere with property on May 29, 2015.

Garda Ian Cummins told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that children saw Tate try the door handles of two houses and their cars and look in the letter box of a third home. At a fourth house she went into the garden and was confronted by the home owner whose wife had observed her from upstairs.

Gda Cummins said one of the children who was aged between eight and ten years old rang gardai.

Tate went through the front door of a fifth house and upstairs. The children alerted the occupants of the house and she was found in a bedroom. The homeowner brought her downstairs where she sat in a chair until gardai arrived. Money was later recovered at the garda station.

Tate told Marie Torrens BL, defending, that she had no recollection of what happened and was deeply sorry.

“I wasn't in my right mind, I was drunk and took tablets,” she said. She said she had been back in custody again since the day of this offence and was doing her best to get her life back together.

Judge Martin Nolan told Tate it was up to her to reform herself and noted she had in the past been given “every form of sentence known to the criminal justice system.”

Judge Nolan imposed a two year sentence which he backdated to when Tate went into custody.

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