A WOMAN who took part in the theft over €465 from donation boxes in two West Limerick churches has been sentenced to one month in prison.
Angelique Arundel, aged 28, with an address at Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork but now living in Tipperary, has pleaded guilty at Newcastle West court to her part in the thefts from churches in Athea and Ballingarry on February 26.
Garda Jason Mitchell told the court that on that date gardai received reports that coin collection boxes at the churches had been broken into, and a total of €450 had been taken from the box in Ballingarry, while €15 was stolen in Athea.
As a result of a subsequent investigation Arundel was arrested, charged and admitted her role in the crimes.
The court heard that Arundel has a total of 44 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic and public order offences.
Her only previous conviction under the theft act came in May 2009, when she convicted of handling stolen property.
Solicitor John Lynch, defending, said that gardai have accepted that Arundel was only an accomplice in these crimes, and that she “was foolish to go along on the day”.
Mr Lynch said that the accused has five children, but has not seen them since August as she is on remand for unconnected charges in Cork.
Judge Mary Larkin sentenced Arundel to one month in prison.