Friday 18 October 2019

Mum tried to sell €90,000 of stolen gold

Guilty plea: Kathleen Kiely, from London, leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins
Guilty plea: Kathleen Kiely, from London, leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins
Kathleen Kiely, from London, leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins

Brion Hoban

A mother of one was caught trying to sell €90,000 of stolen gold jewellery to a 'cash for gold' shop, a court has heard.

Kathleen Kiely (31), of Lymington Avenue, London, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to handling stolen property on January 21, 2018.

Garda Sergeant Aidan Carroll told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that gardaí had placed the Gold Digger jewellery shop in Tallaght, Dublin, under surveillance after receiving information that two men were to call there.

A woman exited a car driven by her former partner and approached the shop carrying a handbag and a second large bag that appeared to be heavy. She was stopped by gardaí who discovered that the second bag contained a large amount of badly damaged gold jewellery.

The original value of the jewellery was €90,000, but the court heard that it was damaged and the value was reduced to €37,000.

The jewellery was traced to a burglary in Lucan, Dublin, several days earlier.

Kiely had come into the shop the previous day and asked the owner how much he would pay for 18-carat gold, saying her husband had some he wished to sell.

Sgt Carroll agreed with John Griffin BL, defending, that Kiely was not the primary target of gardaí. He accepted there was no suggestion she was involved in the burglary. She was attending an engagement party in Ireland with her former partner at the time. Judge Karen O'Connor ordered a probation report and adjourned to July 30.

Irish Independent

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