Friday 23 March 2018

Woman with 102 convictions gets two years for possessing stolen Chanel handbag

Nicola Donnelly

A WOMAN with 102 convictions has been jailed for two years for possessing a stolen Chanel handbag.

Carol Plunkett (42) fought with gardai and started to bang her head off a shop window while they tried to restrain her.

Plunkett of South Circular Road pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of a stolen Chanel handbag, worth €1,990 from Brown Thomas on Grafton Street on December 19, 2009.

She also pleaded guilty to producing a scissors while being arrested by Garda Enda Dowling on the same date.

Detective Garda Michael Grine told prosecuting counsel Maurice Coffey BL that Plunkett was spotted on a bicycle at South Anne Street carrying a large black handbag.

The security tab was visible on the bag and gardai suspected it was stolen. After they stopped Plunkett she resisted arrest and produced a scissors before a struggle began.

The struggle continued while Plunkett was in the back seat of the patrol car and Gda Dowling had to restrain her.

She was brought to a garda station and while she was in a cell, she used a concealed blade to cut herself. She was taken to hospital where she was treated for her self-injuries before being charged with the offences.

Defence counsel Luigi Rea BL said Plunkett has suffered a lot through bereavement.

“She suffers from depression and she is receiving treatment,” added Mr Rea.

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