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Face of the mum of 16 spotted by builder as she scoped out home of wealthy in suburbs

AN EAGLE-eyed builder who saw a suspicious woman enter a private house in a wealthy Dublin suburb helped gardai to catch her after he gave them a description of her and the registration number of the car she was driving, a court heard.

Gardai stopped Kathleen Cash (46) a short distance from the house in Dublin's Killiney and she admitted she had been in the property. A judge fined Cash €200, saying nothing was taken during the burglary.

The defendant, of Knockmore Crescent in Tallaght, admitted before Dun Laoghaire Court to burglary. The incident took place in Avondale Crescent at around 2pm on August 20 last year.

Detective Garda Deirdre Finn said gardai received a call from a builder who was doing some work on a nearby house, who said he'd seen Cash enter the garden and then the garage of a house on Avondale Crescent.


The court heard that there was access to the house through the garage.

Garda Finn said the builder saw the woman leave the house in a 1994 Dublin-registered vehicle. He noted the registration number, and then contacted the gardai. The court heard Cash was stopped on Upper Glenageary Road shortly after 2.30pm.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said nothing was taken during the burglary and Cash did not force her way into the house, or use any violence.

Mr Lynam said Cash was married and was the mother of 16 children, the youngest who is five years old. She was unemployed and suffered from a heart condition. Judge Ann Ryan said the matter was serious but Cash admitted it immediately.