A JUDGE has commended the actions of a school teacher who retrieved her handbag after chasing a man who snatched it from her.
Michael Molloy, aged 25, who has addresses in Mungret and Ballinacurra Weston received a lengthy prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to robbing the woman almost a year ago.
Detective Garda Mick Dunne said the woman was walking on O’Connell Avenue in the early hours of October 27, last when she was approached by Molloy, who has 77 previous convictions.
The court heard, he threatened her and knocked her to the ground before grabbing her bag and running off in the direction of the city centre.
Det Garda Dunne said the woman, who is aged in her early 30s, got up and ran after the culprit and managed to grab back her bag before raising the alarm.
Molloy was arrested a short time later after he was identified by the injured party. However, he was so drunk when arrested he could not be questioned.
He subsequently made admissions telling gardai he regretted what happened.
John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the woman, who was not physically injured, had “displayed a great deal of fortitude” but that the robbery had been a traumatic experience for her.
Brian McInerney BL, defending, said his client, who comes from a “very dysfunctional family”, is a chronic alcoholic and has problems with prescription medication.
Judge Carroll Moran said the actions of the woman were very commendable. “I was to congratulate her on her courage and fortitude,” he said.
The judge accepted submissions that Molloy’s admissions were “particularly valuable” but he noted that he has an appalling record.
He imposed a four year prison sentence, suspending the final two years.