CCTV of Limerick robbery ‘pivotal’ in securing conviction

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Tom O'Donnell
TWO young men who robbed a handbag from a woman during a night out in the city centre each received lengthy prison sentences.

TWO young men who robbed a handbag from a woman during a night out in the city centre each received lengthy prison sentences.

Jeffrey Kelly, aged 25, of Willow Grove, Old Cork Road and Simon Scanlon, aged 25, of Meadowlands Drive, Old Cork Road admitted their role in the attack, which happened at Cruises Street in the early hours of April 7, 2013.

During a sentencing hearing, Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the victim, who is aged in her mid-20s, was approached by three males, one of whom asked her for a cigarette.

A woman who was in the company of the men then approached asking her for phone credit before grabbing her by the hair and knocking her to the ground.

Limerick Circuit Court was told while the woman did not sustain any physical injuries, she was extremely traumatised at what happened.

The incident was caught on “very good quality CCTV”, which John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said was a “pivotal factor” in the case.

Each of the defendants, he said, made admissions following their arrest and expressed their remorse for what happened.

Imposing sentence, Judge O’Donnell accepted the robbery was not pre-planned but said the speed at which it escalated was a worry.

He said it was an aggravating factor the attack was totally unprovoked and he commented that it must have been very traumatic for the victim who he described as “totally innocent”.

As both Kelly and Scanlon have a large number of previous convictions, the judge said he had to impose custodial sentences.

He sentenced Kelly to three years imprisonment, suspending the final 12 months. Scanlon was sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended.

The sentences were back-dated to the date of their arrest.

Two other defendants – Shauna Kerwin, aged 24, of Market Court Apartments, High Street and Anthony McCormack, aged 20, of Derrynane, Old Cork Road – received three-year sentences which were suspended in their entirety due to their previous good records.