Woman stole from Limerick hotel guests

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A WOMAN who admitted stealing €4,000 of property - including an engagement ring - from a hotel room has been unable to provide gardai with any information of use in recovering the items since the case last came before Limerick District Court four weeks ago.

A WOMAN who admitted stealing €4,000 of property - including an engagement ring - from a hotel room has been unable to provide gardai with any information of use in recovering the items since the case last came before Limerick District Court four weeks ago.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly had adjourned the case of Jade Power, 20, of Abbeyvale, Corbally, to allow her assist gardai with continuing inquiries concerning the theft from guests of the Clarion Hotel on July 31, 2011.

The mother-of-one had admitted stealing the property last month. The court heard how Ms Power had “tricked a hotel worker into giving her the key which she used to gain access to the room”.

When questioned by gardai, she maintained she no longer had possession of the items, having sold them at a cash-for-gold shop. Judge O’Kelly expressed disquiet that the accused was “taking responsibility for everything” when solicitor Darrach McCarthy said that all she had taken was a camera and the bulk of the stolen property had been kept by two others. The judge requested that Ms Power “reconsider her position” and help gardai.

When the case was back before court on Thursday, Sgt Donal Cronin said no new information had come to light.

Mr McCarthy said it had been accepted by gardai there was “an element of fear” involved but Sgt Cronin said there had been nothing in Ms Power’s statement to suggest she was in fear.

The accused has no previous convictions and had not been in trouble since, Mr McCarthy said. A letter in Ms Power’s hand was presented to the bench in which she sought to explain her behaviour.

“I note what you say in your letter and I want you to stand by that,” Judge O’Kelly said, remanding her on continuing bail to review the case on April 24.