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Wednesday 29 May 2013. Blanchardstown DC: Impersonating a Gard. Annette Bonner, Lohunda Crescent, Clonsilla.

Wednesday 29 May 2013. Blanchardstown DC: Impersonating a Gard. Annette Bonner, Lohunda Crescent, Clonsilla.

Wednesday 29 May 2013. Blanchardstown DC: Impersonating a Gard. Annette Bonner, Lohunda Crescent, Clonsilla.

A TEACHER who was sentenced to three months in prison for posing as a garda has had the matter struck out on appeal.

Annette Bonner (37) was left without a conviction after the prosecuting garda, Detective Garda Patrick Traynor, did not turn up for her Circuit Court appeal.

Ms Bonner had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to posing as a garda and ordering a petrol station assistant to open up a shop so she could use the ATM.

She was dressed in full garda uniform at the time, which she had taken from a serving officer – Garda Maria O'Hara – who was renting a room in her home.

Last month, District Court Judge David McHugh sentenced Ms Bonner to three months in prison for impersonating a member of An Garda Siochana and to assuming the name and rank of Garda O'Hara.

Ms Bonner, of Lohunda Crescent in Clonsilla, immediately appealed the decision and the matter came before Dublin Circuit Court yesterday.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said the State had written to the prosecuting member, Garda Traynor, informing him of the appeal date. However, he was not in court.

Judge James O'Donohoe said he would allow the appeal. This means the matter has been struck out and Ms Bonner has been left without a conviction.

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Blanchardstown District Court previously heard that Ms Bonner turned up at Discount Fuels in Clonsilla at around 6am on July 5, 2012, in full uniform.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan had said Ms Bonner filled her car with petrol and bought groceries worth €23.

The court heard that the shop was closed, but operates a hatch system. Sgt Callaghan said Bonner went to pay, but her Laser card was rejected. She then identified herself as a garda and ordered the assistant to open up so she could use the ATM.

The sergeant said the assistant let Ms Bonner use the ATM, but she failed to get cash. Sgt Callaghan said Ms Bonner again told the assistant she was a garda and would return with money. Sgt Callaghan said Ms Bonner signed the receipt in Garda O'Hara's name, but never returned.

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