Friday 15 December 2017

Mum gets four years for drug-fuelled raids

A mother-of-three who carried out two drug fuelled raids has been sentenced to four years with 18 months suspended.

Teresa O’Donovan (37), who is a chronic drug user, was jailed for her part in two armed robberies after breaking the terms of her probation.

She has previously spent 14 months in custody, but was released in October 2011 under the supervision of the Probation Services.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that O’Donovan had broken the terms of her probation and come to the attention of gardai a number of times over the last year.

O’Donovan, of Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, previously pleaded guilty to two robberies at Abrakebabra in Drumcondra and a pharmacy on Lower Dorset Street on January 19 and 20, 2009.

Her accomplice, Mark Rooney (37) of Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, was jailed for five years last April after he admitted to a number of robberies.

During the first robbery, Rooney walked up to the kitchen area of Abrakebabra and looked inside while O'Donovan ordered a kebab. Rooney then jumped over the counter holding an iron bar and asked for the “f**king money”.

O'Donovan took three attempts to jump over the counter and struggled with the female member of staff. She was armed with a knife and the woman cut her finger while she scuffled with the raider.

The couple managed to get €150 before some customers came into the shop and they fled the scene.

O'Donovan was armed with a syringe during the second robbery, and staff were threatened before the couple escaped with €225 and some medication.

They were nominated as suspects when gardai viewed CCTV footage from the premises.

Defence Counsel John Fitzgerald BL pointed out that although his client has 20 previous convictions, they are mostly for theft and not for violent crime.

Mr Fitzgerald said his client accepted that she had been given opportunities in the past and thanked the court for this.

Judge Patricia Ryan noted the serious nature of the crimes, the use of weapons and the fact that the robberies seemed to be planned.

The judge also noted O’Donovan’s full admissions and her efforts to rehabilitate.

She handed down a four year sentence with the final 18 months suspended.

The judge noted that she has already been in custody for 14 months and ordered that this be counted as time served.

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