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Thief took woman's handbag from car

A DUBLIN man who snatched a woman's handbag and €460 cash from her car has said he is deeply ashamed of his behaviour but he was under great stress as he had money problems at the time.

David Cooney (29) was caught by gardai with the handbag and cash just yards from the incident in Stillorgan.

Judge Ann Ryan ordered him to complete 50 hours voluntary work with Bray Wanderers and said she'd apply the Probation Act.

The defendant, of Hillview Lawns, Pottery Road in Dun Laoghaire, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a charge of theft.

The incident took place at Kill Abbey, Deansgrange Road in Stillorgan on January 16.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said Cooney took the woman's handbag, worth €70, and €460 in cash from the front seat of her car, while she was momentarily distracted.

Sgt McCann said Cooney was caught close by, and the property was recovered.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions.

Defence counsel said the theft was opportunistic, and the handbag was taken when it was unattended for a short time.

He said the defendant, who is out of work, had financial difficulties at the time, and was under stress and financial pressure.

The court heard that when arrested Cooney replied, "I don't know how I could have done it" and that the defendant is deeply ashamed.