Newbridge woman 'may have the worst record for a female in the state' says Judge

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Newbridge woman  'may have the worst record for a female in the state' says Judge
8:00 Saturday 14th of July 2018

A Newbridge woman who a Naas Judge said 'may have the worst record for a female in the state' has been sentenced to almost two years in prison.

The 32-year-old mother of four children, appeared before Naas District Court, last Thursday, charged with a robbery at Panda Chinese Restaurant, on March 30, 2018, no insurance and driving without a driving licence, on February 2, 2018,  at  Newbridge, and on September 26, 2016, she was charged with hit and run along with theft at SuperValu, Newbridge.

She pleaded guilty to the offences.

The court heard how she had 227 previous convictions, and that 191 of them were road traffic offences.

Detective Séamus Doyle told the court how at Panda Chinese Restaurant, an iphone valued at €1,100 was stolen along with  cash, stolen from a staff area.

The court heard how none of the property was recovered.

In 2016, the court heard how she stole groceries from Supervalu in Newbridge, and the manager followed her.

The court heard how 'she panicked and when he ran towards her and tried to stop her, she reversed the car out, striking him.'

Evidence was heard that he was not injured, the items were recovered but not in a saleable condition.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "She must have the worst record for a female convict in this state."

Aisling Murphy B.L., representing the accused, told the court how the mother of four children, was the victim of domestic violence since the age of 19.

Defence said that the crimes were committed as she was trying to provide for her children.

Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered that the accused was sentenced to 22 months in prison, with 11 months for failing to remain at the scene, a ten years driving ban for not having insurance to run concurrent and 11 months in custody for the robbery in Panda Chinese Restaurant.

Not having a driving licence and insurance was taken  into consideration.

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