Aged folks should be shielded from those that would prey on their vulnerability and steal from them, warned a decide as he convicted a girl of stealing over €6,000 from a 91-year-old retired schoolteacher in a nursing dwelling in Co Cork.
Choose Colm Roberts mentioned that Mary Ann O’Sullivan (57) was responsible of an enormous breach of belief when she stole the cash from her aged relative, Catherine Beardsmore after helping her together with her monetary affairs when Ms Beardsmore retired from the UK to Kinsale in west Cork.
“We have to protect the elderly,” the decide mentioned as he imposed a four-month suspended sentence on O’Sullivan. “I have a duty to mark the seriousness of this crime so that people don’t engage in this type of offence.”
O’Sullivan, initially from Horsehill, Kinsale, Co Cork however now resident at Avenido de Los Angelos, San Pedro de Alacantara, Malaga in Spain, pleaded responsible to 27 counts of stealing cash belonging to Ms Beardsmore at AIB Financial institution Kinsale between December twenty fourth, 2014 and April twentieth, 2017.
At Bantry District Courtroom on Thursday, Sgt Patricia O’Sullivan mentioned the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed the matter be handled on a abstract foundation solely on a responsible plea and defence solicitor, Denis Healy confirmed O’Sullivan wished to plead responsible and get rid of the matter instantly.
Det Garda Mick Brosnan of Kinsale Garda Station advised the court docket how O’Sullivan had assisted Ms Beardsmore together with her monetary affairs, when she moved into Haven Bay Care Centre.
Ms Beardsmore was having her UK trainer’s pension paid right into a Barclays Financial institution Account within the UK however O’Sullivan helped her arrange a joint emergency account with each their names on it at AIB Financial institution in Kinsale with Ms Beardsmore’s data and consent, mentioned Det Garda Brosnan.
Nonetheless, with out Ms Beardsmore’s data or permission, O’Sullivan additionally arrange a second joint account with AIB Financial institution in Kinsale. Over the course of three years, O’Sullivan withdrew €6,467 in 27 separate transactions from this secret account, he mentioned.
O’Sullivan introduced for voluntary interview at Bandon Garda Station on July 1st, 2018 and accepted the transactions shouldn’t have occurred.
Det Garda Brosnan confirmed O’Sullivan had no earlier convictions and had by no means come to Garda consideration earlier than.
Mr Healy mentioned that O’Sullivan had initially acted like “a good friend” to Ms Beardsmore in establishing a checking account for her however she had then taken the cash to arrange a enterprise enterprise and deliberate to pay her again however the enterprise had failed.
He mentioned that the offences had been fully out of character for his shopper who was a single lady who had reached the age of 57 with out ever as soon as being in court docket earlier than and she or he was deeply remorseful for what she had carried out and had written a letter of apology for Ms Beardsmore.
She had additionally introduced €6,500 in money to court docket to repay Ms Beardsmore, mentioned Mr Healy.
Choose Roberts mentioned he accepted that O’Sullivan had been “an upstanding, decent and honourable person” previous to this however she had stolen cash from an aged susceptible particular person whom she befriended and purported to assist and that would not be ignored.
“She is guilty of a serious breach of trust, not on one occasion but over a three-year period, when she had sufficient opportunities to stop but that did not happen,” mentioned Choose Roberts, including that the matter would by no means have come to gentle however for good investigation work by Det Garda Brosnan.
He mentioned that he believed the matter was too severe to use the Probation Act and he needed to mark the gravity of the offence by recording a conviction in opposition to her however mentioned he would droop a four-month sentence on the premise of her responsible plea, no earlier convictions and compensation of monies.