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Woman housed disabled mum in stolen caravan

A Tallaght woman who housed her elderly disabled mother in a stolen caravan has received a three-year suspended sentence.

Margaret Doherty (33), of Cloonmore Park, Jobstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing stolen property.

The Hobby caravan, which was valued at €10,000, had been stolen from a house in Passage West, Co Cork, the previous month. Garda James Buckley told Paul Carroll, prosecuting, that when gardai executed a warrant in November 2008, to search Doherty's home, they found the stolen caravan in a yard.


Garda Buckley told Mr Carroll that Doherty claimed she owned the caravan, having bought it for €2,000 from a friend of the family a few weeks previously.

Doherty told gardai that she bought the caravan to house her elderly mother, who had suffered a number of heart attacks and is clinically obese.

Garda Buckley told the court that Doherty initially refused to make any admissions about the stolen property and claimed that gardai were trying to "stitch her up".

Judge Desmond Hogan suspended the three-year sentence for four years.