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Mass Money Thief
A WOMAN admitted taking €15 in change from a collection basket in the middle of Mass in a brazen theft at St. Michael’s Church.
Pamela McNamara, 25, of McGarry House, Alphonsus Street, had gone into the church with her boyfriend as services were ongoing at around 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4.
Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court that as the basket was being passed around, €15 had been taken from it.
Five days later, Gardai (police) went to the neighboring pastoral center on Denmark Street to view CCTV footage. McNamara, somebody Cronin said was well-known to Gardai, was identified and later made admissions.
McNamara also pleaded guilty to a separate offense of handling stolen property -- a passport and a wallet -- after she was approached by Gardai at Clancy Strand on September 9.
The accused has accumulated 61 previous convictions, a record Judge Eugene O’Kelly described as “dreadful.”
“Congregations in churches,” he remarked, “are expected to contribute; the cash flow is not supposed to be going in the other direction.”
The accused’s boyfriend is serving two months in prison.
Ted McCarthy, solicitor, said his client had only lately been given access to her children - all four of whom are in care -- because she has “started to comply with the requests of the social worker to do something about her drug problem.”
Before the court was a recovering heroin addict whose offending “is motivated by the addiction from which she suffers.” But she had been giving samples to a drug treatment agency for the past six weeks and was clean to date, McCarthy said.
She had been “effectively homeless” for much of the past 18 months and the offenses had occurred at a time when she had gone “off the rails.”
McNamara was sentenced to two months in prison for handling. A six-month sentence for theft was suspended for 12 months.
A TEENAGE boy -- once described by a Garda source as “Athlone’s most troublesome burglar” -- found himself back in jail in an attempt by the judge to kickstart his education.
“He treats prison as a boarding school. That shows an intellect,” said Judge Seamus Hughes, after the boy’s solicitor reminded him that almost a year ago he sought a bigger sentence for his client to allow him sit the Junior Cert in jail, and that he hoped to sit his Leaving Cert.
The boy was in court to hear his sentence after pleading guilty to a dozen burglary charges on an earlier date, but which had been adjourned to allow the Probation Service to update its report on the 16-year-old who now has just under 50 convictions.
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