Suspending sentence imposed on woman described as ‘absolute waste of time’ by Cork judge 

Suspending sentence imposed on woman described as ‘absolute waste of time’ by Cork judge 

The defence barrister asked the judge not to revoke all of the sentence.

A sentencing judge who had given a woman a three-year jail term with the last two years suspended said it was “an absolute waste of time suspending any of the sentence”.

Margaret McDonagh, aged 40, of Cappagh halting site, Finglas, Dublin, served the lesser part of the sentence and she was then released from jail with the two years suspended on condition that she would comply with the directions of the probation service and commit no further offences.

Now the case has been re-entered at Cork Circuit Criminal Court as it emerged that she committed more thefts and ignored the probation service.

It was the probation service that re-entered the case.

The initial sentence was imposed on McDonagh for stealing €982 worth of children’s clothing at Debenhams on St Patrick’s St, Cork, on October 19, 2017.

Defence barrister Paula McCarthy asked the judge not to revoke all of the sentence.

The judge refused that application.

He said the sentence commenced immediately.

He added that he would have made the remaining two years consecutive with a new sentence she is serving but that he understood he could not do so.

He said that suspending the sentence in the first place was a waste of time.

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