Thursday 22 February 2018

Nicola's mum pleads for stolen handbag

Angie Furlong with Nicola, who was murdered in Tokyo
Angie Furlong with Nicola, who was murdered in Tokyo

Breda Heffernan and Paddy Clancy

THE heartbroken mother of murdered student Nicola Furlong has appealed to the culprit who stole her handbag as she visited her daughter's grave to return precious notes contained inside.

Angie Furlong said she did not care about the cash and bank cards that were in the bag, but asked the thief to return the dozens of handwritten notes she had written to help her deal with Nicola's death.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, she said: "When I go out to the grave, it's my time with Nicola. To think that there is somebody who would invade that space is horrible."

Angie makes a daily pilgrimage to St Margaret's Cemetery in Curracloe, Co Wexford, to visit Nicola's grave. During her visit on Sunday, callous thieves broke into her car and stole her handbag.

Angie only realised her handbag had been taken when she arrived home.

"There was not one person in the graveyard. How they did this I don't know. It's so selfish and inconsiderate. But maybe they will have some compassion," she added.

Angie has since reported the theft to gardai, but says: "I just hope someone will leave it back to the grave. I'm not asking them to go to a garda station with it."

Angie explained that she wrote the notes on the advice of a counsellor and said she finds comfort in having them close to hand.

"Hannah, Nicola's younger sister, is only 13, and I want her to be able to see later on how I was feeling. . . there are so many of them (the notes) in all different inks and different types of writing," she said.

American Richard Hinds (19) was convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Nicola in Tokyo on May 24, 2012, and sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Irish Independent

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