Newbridge woman with 215 convictions gets suspended sentence

A 25-year-old Newbridge woman with 215 previous convictions has been given a suspended sentence for a handbag robbery earlier today.

A 25-year-old Newbridge woman with 215 previous convictions has been given a suspended sentence for a handbag robbery earlier today.

Martina O’Connor, of The Maples, Newbridge, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Johnson Court, Dublin 2 on March 6, 2010.

Garda Paul Gray told Sean Guerin BL, prosecuting, that a young woman was on her way home after a night socializing and was walking through the Johnson Court area when O’Connor came up behind her and twisted her hair.

O’Connor pulled her by her hair to the ground. A second girl hit the woman in the face and she handed her handbag to her attackers.

The woman followed the girls and asked for her bag back as her keys were it but they laughed and the second girl struck her forcefully into the face again.

Gda Gray said he received a report about the incident and a statement was taken from the injured party. Gardai viewed CCTV of the incident which showed the girls involved.

O’Connor was later arrested and interviewed. The handbag was recovered and given back to the injured party. She suffered a black eye and a clump of hair pulled out of her scalp.

Gda Gray said O’Connor has 215 previous convictions, largely for public order offences, but also for three assaults.

He said she has not come to garda attention since this offence.

Marie Torrens BL, defending, said her client did not want to engage with the Probation Service because she felt she was making progress on her own.

Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a three year sentence suspended in full for three years on condition O’Connor stays out of trouble.