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'Menace' is jailed ... then let out on same day

GARDAI have expressed major concern after a female criminal – who is considered one of the capital's most prolific burglars – was given temporary release from prison on the same day that she was jailed for three months.

Maxine Wilson (34), who is strongly connected to notorious Dublin criminals, was sentenced to three months in jail.

However, she was released from custody within hours of being committed to the Dochas Centre women's prison.

A senior source explained: "The fact that she was let out of jail on the very same day that she was jailed would be funny if it was not so serious.

"Maxine Wilson is a menace – she has 13 previous convictions for a variety of offences, including a three-year stretch for a burglary.

CONCERN

"A pattern has been observed where many female offenders who are given short sentences are just given temporary release as soon as they are sent to prison. This is causing a great deal of concern to gardai."

Wilson and an accomplice forced their way into a house in west Dublin and assaulted a young woman in May.

Wilson, of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, previously admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to criminal trespass and assault.

The incident took place at Greenfort Drive in Clondalkin on May 28.

The pair entered the property and assaulted a woman who was in the house at the time.

She did not suffer any injuries during the attack.

A third charge of burglary was struck out.

At previous court hearings, security was tight at Blanchardstown Court for the case and up to 10 armed detectives were in court to hear the pair plead guilty to the charges.

The personal details of everyone entering the court was also recorded by officers.

The Maxine Wilson debacle comes just a week after Ireland's most prolific handbag snatcher was jailed again after she was nabbed stealing two purses.

Unlike Maxine, Kathleen Comerford (61), from Sean O'Casey Avenue in north inner city Dublin – who now has 118 previous theft convictions – remains in prison.

kfoy@herald.ie


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