Saturday 18 November 2017

Father was 'bad influence' on shoplifting beautician

Josephine Tyrell
Josephine Tyrell

Andrew Phelan

A BEAUTICIAN went "off the rails" and began breaking the law after meeting her biological father who was a "bad influence" on her, a court has heard.

Mother-of-three Josephine Tyrell (32) had been adopted, and when she made contact with her birth father she started "hanging around with criminals" who were known to him.

She was eventually evicted from her home and collected 25 criminal convictions.

Tyrell was put on a peace bond for a year at Dublin District Court when she pleaded guilty to the latest charge, stealing a TV and other goods from a supermarket.

The accused, with addresses at Brehon Grove, Ballinteer, and Riversdale Green, Clondalkin, admitted stealing a TV, a top and groceries from Tesco, Jervis Street Centre, last June 18.

Of her 25 previous convictions, most were for motoring offences including one for drunk-driving and several counts of uninsured driving.


Judge Ann Watkin said it had been a "serious and brazen enough" theft to take a TV from a supermarket.

Defence barrister Marc Grolimund Thompson said the accused had alcohol problems and was inebriated at the time she took the goods.

Tyrell was adopted as a child and, after the death of her mother, she contacted her father.

He was "a person who has spent a lot of time in custody in the UK" and Tyrell began to "pick up convictions" herself, the first being in 2011.

She never had problems until a few years ago, and Judge Watkin remarked that her father "wasn't a good influence".

The court heard that three months ago Tyrell was evicted from her home for what gardai described as "social problems".

She said this had happened because of criminals coming to the house.

The accused said she could not work because there was nobody to mind her children.

Judge Watkin made it a condition of the bond that Tyrell does not drink.

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