Friday 24 November 2017

Mother who stole ambulance is jailed

Tom Tuite

Jessica Kavanagh -- who was jailed for four months yesterday -- outside court for an earlier hearing.

A MOTHER of two who stole an ambulance during an emergency call-out has been jailed for four months.

Paramedics had left the ambulance at Hardwicke Street in Dublin to attend to an elderly woman at around 3am on January 8 when it was stolen.

Jessica Kavanagh (27), of Sean O'Casey Avenue,Dublin, admitted at Dublin District Court to stealing the ambulance, drunken driving and not having motor insurance.

A drink drive test produced a reading of 145mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood.

Garda Joseph O'Connor had told the court that a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance was taken from outside Rory O'Connor House as two emergency crew were dealing with an elderly woman.

At the sentence hearing yesterday, defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said the accused had a history of medical difficulties and suffered from panic attacks, stress and anxiety.

Ms Bambury added her client "is very devoted to" her two young children.

The court heard that Kavanagh had 22 previous convictions, which included motoring offences and one drugs charge.

Judge David McHugh imposed two concurrent four month sentences for the drink-driving and driving without insurance offences.

The remaining charge for stealing the ambulance was taken into consideration.

Kavanagh was also banned from driving for four years.

Irish Independent

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