Bench warrant issued for Kildare con-man

A bench warrant has been issued for a youth who conned an 82-year-old woman out of most of her life savings by pretending to fix her roof after he failed to show up for his sentencing.

A bench warrant has been issued for a youth who conned an 82-year-old woman out of most of her life savings by pretending to fix her roof after he failed to show up for his sentencing.

Vladimir Turculet (19) went to the woman’s door and told her she needed her roof fixed or it would collapse. Over the next two weeks he returned repeatedly saying he needed more money for supplies.

She handed over a total of €11,750 and no work was ever carried out on the roof.

Judge Ryan had originally adjourned finalising sentence so Turculet could repay the stolen money.

“This is a very complicated case”, defence counsel, John Berry BL, during the original sentence hearing.

“No it isn’t,” the judge replied. “I want €11,750 in court.”

Last Thursday, at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the court heard that Turculet was released from hospital several days previously but the defence team had no information about his whereabouts. Judge Ryan issued a bench warrant but put a stay on it until last Monday so it can be established if he is medically fit to attend court.

During the May sentence hearing defence counsel said the stolen money was “gone” and his client has no assets he could sell. When he said his family may be able to raise some compensation Judge Ryan adjourned the matter.

“I want €11,750 and then I’ll consider the matter,” she told counsel. “This is a very, very serious matter.”

Turculet of Coolaghknock Avenue, Kildare pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing six cheques from the woman between October 20 and November 2, 2010 at her Sandymount home.