Couple jailed for assault and robbery of elderly women going to bingo in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The couple were convicted following a trial at Limerick Circuit Court last month

The couple were convicted following a trial at Limerick Circuit Court last month

A COUPLE who attacked and robbed two elderly women who were walking to bingo in Limerick have each received lengthy prison sentences.

Roxanne Reynolds, aged 24,of no fixed abode had admitted her role in the incident while Edward O’Sullivan, aged 30, also of no fixed abode, was convicted of robbery and assault charges following a trial at Limerick Circuit Court last month.

During separate hearings, Garda Eoin McDonagh said the women (aged 60 and 57) had parked their car and were walking at Upper Mallow Street in the city at around 6.30pm on January 12 last, when they were approached by Ms Reynolds and Mr O’Sullivan who was on crutches.

One of the women was struck on the back of the neck by Ms Reynolds who grabbed her handbag.

Garda McDonagh told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, the woman was struck in the face when she resisted resulting in her glasses falling off.

Mr O’Sullivan, the court heard, assisted Ms Reynolds and threatened to assault the woman further if she did not hand over her bag, which contained various cards and around €180 in cash.

During O’Sullivan’s trial, one of the woman told the jury that she believed Mr O’Sullivan would “either knock me out or blind me".

Having been alerted to the incident, gardai learned that a woman matching the description of Roxanne Reynolds had been seen near Colbert Station a short time before the incident.

CCTV from the area was obtained and the defendants identified as suspects.

Both were also identified from CCTV at a store in the city centre the following day after they attempted to ‘tap’ one of the stolen bank cards.

Following her arrest, Ms Reynolds identified herself on the CCTV footage and made certain admissions relating to the incident.

Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell accepted what happened was “opportunistic rather than pre-meditated”.

He said the two women were easy targets and that the violence perpetrated on them was an aggravating factor.

“It is a serious matter, it was very traumatic for the victims,” he said,

The judge noted both defendants have a large number of previous convictions, live chaotic lives and both suffer from addiction problems.

Edward O’Sullivan, who maintains his innocence and intends to appeal the unanimous verdict of the jury was jailed for five years.

Roxanne Reynolds was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended.