Thursday 22 February 2018

Woman (25) with 215 previous convictions awaits sentence for a handbag robbery

Fiona Ferguson

A 25-YEAR-OLD woman who has accumulated 215 previous convictions will be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court next February for her role in a handbag robbery.

Martina O’Connor, of The Maples, Newbridge, Co. Kildare pleaded guilty to robbery at Johnson Court, Dublin 2 on March 6, 2010.

Garda Paul Gray told Maire Torrens BL, prosecuting, that a young woman was on her way home after a night socializing and was walking through the Johnson Court area when O’Connor came up behind her and twisted her hair.

O’Connor pulled her by her hair to the ground. A second girl hit the woman in the face and she handed her handbag to her attackers.

The woman followed the girls and asked for her bag back as her keys were it but they laughed and the second girl struck her forcefully into the face again.

Gda Gray said he received a report about the incident and a statement was taken from the injured party. Gardai viewed CCTV of the incident which showed the girls involved.

O’Connor was later arrested and interviewed. The handbag was recovered and given back to the injured party. She had sustained a black eye and a clump of hair pulled out of her scalp.

Gda Gray said O’Connor had 215 previous convictions, largely for public order offences, but also included three assaults. He said she had not come to garda attention since this offence.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until February to facilitate the preparation of reports for the court and a full plea in mitigation on O’Connor’s behalf will also be heard on that date.

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