Saturday 17 March 2018

Judge tells granny with 52 prior convictions to 'write her life story'

Catherine Teeling
Catherine Teeling

Andrew Phelan

DUBLIN'S Moore Street is the most policed in the city, a court was told after a trader was arrested for selling cigarettes.

A lawyer for grandmother Catherine Teeling (66) maintained the famous street had the most gardai on duty per square metre.

Judge Anthony Halpin advised Teeling that she could instead try writing and selling her memoirs, after noting she had 52 prior convictions.

He gave her a two-month suspended sentence.

Teeling, of Avondale House, Cumberland Street, pleaded guilty to having 30 packets of cigarettes and four of tobacco for sale with no tax stamp.

The offence happened on August 22 last. A plain-clothes garda saw the accused with a plastic bag at 10.05am shouting out: "anyone want cigarettes?" The total potential loss of revenue to the State was €230.

The court heard Teeling's prior convictions dated between 1995 and 2012.

Solicitor Yvonne Bambury said Teeling was "not a woman of any great means."


"It is the most police-populated street in Dublin," Ms Bambury said.

"Would she not take up professional writing or something?" the judge asked.

"She could write her memoirs. There's a lot of homegrown cinema here, she might be able to sell the rights and it might be called Catherine Teeling's life story."

He suspended the sentence for two years.

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