Prisoner with 193 convictions on temporary release gets eight month sentence for handling stolen property in Cork city

Prisoner with 193 convictions on temporary release gets eight month sentence for handling stolen property in Cork city
The Courthouse on Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A WOMAN on temporary release from prison where she was serving a sentence for shoplifting was caught handling property that was stolen by an accomplice and today she got another jail term – of eight months.

Julianne O’Farrell had 193 previous convictions when she appeared before Cork District Court today. Two of them were for handling stolen property, 43 of them were for theft and one was for robbery.

Donal Daly solicitor asked Judge Olann Kelleher to take into consideration the particulars of the latest offence. “This time she was not involved in theft,” he said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said, “Having got a chance she got involved in a very short period of time and added to her 193 previous convictions.” The judge imposed an eight-month sentence to commence today on the charge of handling stolen property.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said O’Farrell was stopped and searched on April 24 at Grand Parade, Cork, and found to have stolen cosmetics and haircare products in her bad. “She had not taken them but they were handed to her by another person,” Sgt. Davis said.

Outlining the previous convictions, Sgt. Davis said that as recently as March 2, O’Farrell had been sentenced to six months in prison.

Judge Olann Kelleher said, “She was sentenced to six months and she was out after six weeks.” In fact it emerged that she was serving an even longer sentence – 18 months imposed on her last year for multiple thefts – and was not due to complete her sentenced until December 2020.

Mr Daly, solicitor, said, “She is doing quite well in prison. She is far healthier than she has been for a long time. Unfortunately, she is fighting several addictions which she has. She is seeing a counsellor but there is no school going on at the moment in prison.” 

The 18-month sentence was imposed in October 2019 and would be completed, with remission, by December. The eight months imposed today is not likely to increase O’Farrell’s time in custody.

28-year-old O’Farrell of Marble Hall Park, South Douglas Road, Cork, pleaded guilty last October to five charges of stealing goods and other counts related to crashing her car while driving away with toys stolen from Smyths at Kinsale Road business park.

She also admitted thefts at Penneys in Wilton, Iceland on Douglas Road, Aldi on Tory Top Road and Next in Blackpool.

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