Limerick woman told to stop playing “ducks and drakes” with Probation Service

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Eugene O'Kelly
A JUDGE has warned a young woman if she continues to play “ducks and drakes” with the Probation Service she will be going to prison.

A JUDGE has warned a young woman if she continues to play “ducks and drakes” with the Probation Service she will be going to prison.

Louise Noonan, aged 28, of Shelbourne Terrace, Thomondgate appeared before Limerick Court having previously pleaded guilty to theft, trespass and public order offences.

During a review of the case, Judge Eugene O’Kelly commented that a probation report prepared in relation to the defendant was “less than satisfactory”.

He noted that Noonan was not engaging with the Probation Service and that she had failed to attend a number of appointments.

The defendant told the court that she had “moved across town” and was finding it difficult to make arrangement to attend appointments.

However, Judge O’Kelly rejected her argument saying the Probation Service was already “very stressed” without having to put up with such behaviour.

“You are wasting its time, it is up to you to get to the other side of town,” he said, adding that by “playing ducks and drakes with the Probation Service,” Noonan was denying other people the opportunity of attending appointments with the Probation Service.

Following submissions from solicitor Sarah Ryan and after being given assurances by the defendant that she will attend future appointments, the judge said he was “reluctantly” giving her a final chance.

“If I get a negative report on the next occasion, they [Probation Service] will certainly know where to find you because you will leave me with no alternative but to send you to prison,” he warned.