Friday 24 November 2017

Hairdresser collected burglars from raids, court told

Nicole Gibson received text messages to collect thieves
Nicole Gibson received text messages to collect thieves

Greg Harkin

A HAIRDRESSING student would collect burglars from crime scenes after being summonsed by text.

Nicole Gibson (20) even helped one gang escape by attaching a trailer with gardening equipment stolen from a school to the back of her car, a court has heard.

"She would be at home and would get a text message to pick people up," Garda Eoin Waters told Letterkenny District Court.

He said she did this for three robberies in February last year.

In one case a quad bike and gardening tools were taken in a raid on Royal & Prior secondary school in Raphoe, Co Donegal.

In the other two cases she had picked up burglars after they stole copper piping from two homes.

Gda Waters said €3,300 worth of copper was stolen in the incidents.

SCRAP

A quad bike and gardening tools were later recovered by the PSNI and the piping was sold for scrap to a dealer in Derry, just across the Border.

Gibson, from The Green, Convoy, Co Donegal, distributed the cash from the sold metals to the thieves involved.

Gda Waters said he had launched an investigation after receiving intelligence from members of the public, one of whom was able to identify Gibson's car in the area of the Manorcunningham theft.

"When she was questioned she admitted her role in all the offences over a six-day period," said Gda Waters.

A co-accused, Michael Devlin (20), formerly of Manor Court in Convoy, but now living in Derry, admitted involvement in one of the thefts. "He had received just £60 (€69) as payment for his role," said his solicitor Patsy Gallagher.

Judge Paul Kelly said the incidents were "extremely serious". He remanded the pair on bail to appear again in October pending probation reports.

Irish Independent

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