‘Career criminal’ stole money from woman in waiting room

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A “CAREER criminal” who stole €20 from a lady’s wallet in the waiting room of St John’s hospital has been sentenced to two months in prison at Limerick District Court.

A “CAREER criminal” who stole €20 from a lady’s wallet in the waiting room of St John’s hospital has been sentenced to two months in prison at Limerick District Court.

The court heard that widower Anthony Goodman, 67, a father of two, who last resided at Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road, Cork, took the wallet as he didn’t have any money of his own on February 1, 2012.

Garda Mary O’Mahony, Henry Street station, told the court that she received a call to go to the hospital, where a lady in the waiting area had a wallet taken from her handbag.

CCTV footage was taken from the hospital, which showed Goodman taking the wallet, which was later recovered in the church attached to the hospital.

“Everything was in it bar the €20,” she told the court.

The defendant, who has 164 previous convictions, is currently serving a sentence in Cork for burglary, theft and threatening and abusive behaviour, which was imposed on October 8 last.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client is due to be released next February following a three-month sentence, and said she hoped his period of incarceration wouldn’t be further extended by this court.

Ms Ryan conceded that this was an “opportunistic, very low and mean thing to do” and was “probably one of the lowest things he has done.”

The court heard he pleaded guilty at an early opportunity.

Ms Ryan said he doesn’t have any source of income and now “has to start off from the beginning because he’s been in and out of custody so much over the years”.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said while the amount stolen was “not great”, he said it was a “very low, mean and opportunistic” offence, especially as the victim may have been a vulnerable state at the time, and could have been worried about her own health or that of someone else.

The judge described Goodman as a “career criminal” and said he hoped he “finally sees fit for a career change” upon his release.