A SOUTHILL man was sentenced to ten months imprisonment when he pleaded guilty to stealing a woman’s wallet after ‘jumping into’ her car while she was driving.
At Limerick District Court, Patrick Casey, aged 20, of Clonlong, Southill admitted taking the wallet, which contained cash and credit cards, on August 22, last.
Sgt Donal Cronin said the incident happened at around 11.30am near the Kilmallock Road Roundabout as the defendant was slowing down on her approach to the roundabout.
“The accused opened the passenger door, got into the passenger seat and grabbed her wallet, which was located on the centre console,” he said adding that Casey then threw the wallet out the window before getting out of the vehicle and retrieving it.
Casey was arrested later that day and was subsequently identified as the culprit by the 43-year-old woman during an informal identity parade at Roxboro garda station.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan said the offence was “opportunistic” and she said her client had been “taking tablets and drinking” on the day.
She added that Casey was agreeable to work with the Probation Service in an effort to “sort himself out”.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly described the offence as shocking and “extraordinarily mean” and he said it must have been terrifying for the woman, who was “going about her lawful business”.
The judge also commented that Casey’s actions posed a danger to other motorists as the victim could have swerved into oncoming traffic.
“People are entitled to drive their cars without being hijacked,” he said.
He imposed a ten month prison sentence which is to be served consecutively to a one month sentence imposed in relation to the theft of hair gel, worth €6.50, from the Tesco store at the Roxboro Shopping Centre on August 9.
Casey was on bail in relation to that offence when he stole the woman’s wallet.