Monday 18 December 2017

Woman warned not to beg

Margaret Roddy

Judge John Coughlan issued a stark warning to a 40-year-old woman who appeared before him on charges of harassing, intimidating and obstructing members of the public

Judge Coughlan said that he will give her 28 days in jail and take €100 of every time she comes before him for begging.

Maria Rostas, of 49 Park Street, pleaded guilty to the charges relating to begging at Clanbrassil Street on March 15 and June 20, 2017.

Striking out the charge, Judge Coughlan ordered the defendant to pay €100 to the court poor box.

He asked the Romanian interpreter to tell the defendant hat 'every time she comes here, I will take €100 off her'.

He added that if she continued to appear before him, he would 'take €1,000 off her in a year'.

He asked what streets the defendant had been begging on, and Sgt Martin Beggy said that it was Clanbrassil Street on both occasions.  It's an on-going issue,' he added. 'If she begs again in Dundalk, I'll give her 28 days,' warned Judge Coughlan.

'If she begs again, I'll also recommend that  she be sent back to Romania.'

The Argus

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