“Interesting and sad” says Judge in case of woman who heard voices ordering her to steal

The case of a Kilcock woman said to be ordered by voices in her head to steal has been adjourned until September.

The case of a Kilcock woman said to be ordered by voices in her head to steal has been adjourned until September.

According to a report from a psychiatrist, Chioma Eneaneke, 85 Chambers Park, Kilcock, is mentally unwell, Judge Desmond Zaidan was told at the 3 July sitting of Kilcock District Court.

Ms. Eneaneke is charged with stealing goods from the Aldi store in Maynooth on 28 May last.

When her case was called, David Powderly, solicitor, representing her, presented a report from a psychiatrist to Judge Zaidan.

He noted that she was described as being mentally unwell and at the time of the theft was experiencing “command auditory hallucinations” or “voices ordering her to steal things.”

Judge Zaidan commented that it was an “interesting theory” but wondered how it would work in practices.

Mr. Powderly said the condition was close to schizophrenia.

Garda Inspector Paul Dolan said there had been one similar matter before.

Judge Zaidan said it was interesting and sad and the question for the Court was how to help.

The case has been put back until 4 September.