Saturday, January 17, 2009

Crime Pays Rather Well.

I do not understand the judges in this country at all, they seem to be very lenient on thieves rapists and all round fuckers, and harsh as hell on people who come before them on minor misdemeanors or crimes that harm no one.
Observe from yesterday's Evening Herald.

"A HANDBAG thief who specifically targeted women out enjoying themselves in pubs has said she turned to shop-lifting so she could feed her serious drug addiction.

Kathleen Joyce (24) went "on a rampage", said a District Court judge, and took "bags, money, everything" from innocent female customers in numerous pubs and restaurants.

Joyce's behaviour was "absolutely frenetic" over a short period of time, agreed her lawyer Fiona Brennan.

Joyce, with an address at Annaly Close, Ongar, Dublin 15, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to 19 separate charges, most were theft, handling stolen property and failing to appear in court.

The mother of one stole her first handbag from a lady in The Living Room, Findlater Place on August 17, and her last handbag theft was from a woman enjoying a meal in Pizza Hut on September 27.

On September 14, Joyce stole handbags and their contents from three different women who were socialising in The Bell pub in Blanchardstown.

That same day, she took a bag from a woman in The Paddocks pub in Littlepace and another handbag from a woman in Cumiskey's Pub on Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7.

All in all, Joyce stole more than €2,000 worth of handbags and their contents from women while they were out socialising.

The court heard that Joyce has 40 previous convictions, mostly for public order and theft matters. Her convictions only date back to 2006.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Joyce has a "multiplicity of problems", including a serious drug addiction.

The court heard that Joyce has been in custody since early December on these charges.

Ms Brennan said Joyce has suffered severe difficulties in custody, including psychiatric problems which led to her being isolated, and this caused further distress to her.

The judge sentenced Joyce to a total of two years in prison suspended for two years. Judge McMahon urged Joyce to "do her best" and said that if she appears before him again she will go to prison.

So, we've got an out and out thief with a drug problem and 40 previous convictions who is still causing mayhem in prison out on a suspended charge and the judge who released here urges her to 'do her best.'
Do her best what I wonder. Her best thievery? Her best public displays of disorder? You can be sure what they know this woman stole is only the tip of the iceberg.
It's sickening to read that her thievery 'only' goes back to 2006. Wow, she's 'only' been causing misery for three years. I've been at the other end of theft and it's VERY fucking annoying and upsetting and getting thieves to pinky swear they will be good is bollocks. Last thing anybody wants to hear is that thieves are getting sympathetic judges cooing at them. So she has a drug problem, so what? Lock her bloody up. Make her understand the consequences of her actions. Maybe that way she might spend rest of her life not 'only' robbing hard working folk trying to grab a pizza or have a drink in peace.
Man, sometimes being a liberal is an impossible task.



Blogger Medbh said...

FMC, if I had that gorgeous Chanel bag of yours, I'd never take it out for fear that someone would run away with it.
Good thing you take kick boxing.

5:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Wouldn't be worth a damn to me if I never noticed the wench slip it under her coat and walk out with it.
I had my wallet robbed years ago on Dublin Bus, taking every penny I had for the week, including my rent. I was completly destitute for seven days and only for the local shop giving me credit I would have had nothing to eat at all for five of those days. I hate thieves with all my liver.

5:43 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Really all she needs is a little lurve...

12:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

She needs a toe in the hole.

10:21 a.m.  
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