Judge disturbed as woman is punched and robbed in Limerick city

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge disturbed as woman is punched and robbed in Limerick city
A JUDGE has expressed concern that a young woman was punched and robbed in an area of the city that is not covered by CCTV.

A JUDGE has expressed concern that a young woman was punched and robbed in an area of the city that is not covered by CCTV.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said evidence that the culprit had followed the woman until she arrived in the CCTV blackspot was a worrying feature of the case.

Christopher Casey, aged 35, of St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing the then 19-year-old at South Circular Road, near the entrance to Mary Immaculate College.

Sgt Donal Cronin told Limerick Court the incident happened at around 2.40am on September 18, last as the woman - an Austrian national - was walking home.

He said the teenager, who was on her mobile phone was knocked to the ground when Casey “came up behind her and punched her in the head with his fists”.

The woman’s handbag which contained keys, identification, bank cards and cash, were stolen by Casey.

Sgt Cronin said the victim noted a description of the culprit, which led to the arrest of Casey a short time later.

The woman’s handbag was recovered, but the cash was not.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client - a father of two - is a heroin addict and that his addition “overrules his thought processes”.

Imposing sentence, Judge O’Kelly said he found the incident disturbing.

“It concerns me that she was selected and attacked at an area not covered by CCTV,” he said adding that there appeared to have been a “deliberate and determined selection of the area”.

He sentenced Casey total of ten months imprisonment.