TWO women who posed as gardai in an attempt to gain access to the West Limerick home of two elderly brothers in the hope of stealing money from them have avoided prison sentences.
A year ago, Limerick Circuit Court was told that one of the brothers contacted Abbeyfeale gardai on July 3, 2009 after the women called to his home on the outskirts of the town claiming to be members of An Garda SÃochÃ¡na from Limerick city.
The farmer, who lives with his brother on remote farmland, did not allow the women in to the house as they were not wearing Garda uniforms and aroused his suspicions.
In December 2010, Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing for a year, warning the accused women that he would impose a prison sentence if they got into any trouble during the intervening period.
During a review of the case this week, the judge was told that Ms Oâ€™Brien had not come to the attention of gardai since but that Ms Galvin has been convicted of dangerous driving and of a theft offence.
However, Judge Moran said he regarded the offences as â€œnot the most seriousâ€ in the context of the sentencing hearing.