Thursday 14 December 2017

Mum facing jail after making false report to gardai claiming innocent man tried to kidnap her toddler

Declan Brennan

A MUM of three who made a false report to gardai that an innocent man had tried to abduct her toddler will be sentenced next year.

The 26-year-old Dublin woman gave a description of a man to gardai and later pointed him out to them.

Gardai arrested the man and held him in custody overnight for questioning about the supposed abduction.

The woman pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a false statement to gardai on August 13, 2012.

After being arrested on suspicion of making the false allegation she admitted everything and told gardai she had done it to get back at her mother, who has custody of her children.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring described the mother’s actions as shocking and said she had taken away the man's good name and put him at risk of a prison sentence.

She adjourned sentencing until March 22 for urine analysis and a psychologist report.

Garda Stephen Mullen told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that gardai went to the apartments after the woman’s mother contacted gardai to say that a man had tried to abduct her granddaughter.

The woman was in a distressed state holding the two year old girl. She gave a detailed description of the supposed abductor.

Shortly after this gardai stopped a man fitting that description, she identified him and told gardai she was certain, saying "that's him, that's him".

The woman has 20 previous convictions include forgery, using fake documents and theft.

Gda Mullen said that CCTV footage showed conclusively that there was no contact between the accused and the man. The footage showed him coming out of a shop shortly after her.

She had claimed to gardai that he had followed her around the area and then grabbed her daughter and held her up under his arm while the girl screamed "I want my mammy".

She claimed she shouted at him: "You f****** scumbag trying to do that to a kid".

After her arrest she told gardai she had made it up because she didn't want her child living in the area. 

She told them: "I told my mam that someone tried to abduct my own child. She believed me. No one even came near us."

She said there was no reason why she picked the man she did, saying "I could have picked anyone because it didn't happen". She added that she felt very guilty that he was arrested.

Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said her client became addicted to drugs four years ago and has spent this time living in various different hostels. Her mother minds her three children and she gets to see them every now and again.

"She is finding it very difficult to stabilise her life and accepts she has problems. She is struggling and is extremely sorry and ashamed," counsel said.

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