A judge said he was very concerned about the impact on a man with mental health problems who had his phone stolen from him.
Judge Olann Kelleher jailed the culprit, Natalie Woods (31) of Annalee Grove, Mayfield, Cork, for three months for the theft.
Judge Kelleher even read some of the contents of the 58-year-old victim’s statement to the court.
His phone was stolen on September 11, 2019. He said he suffered from psychiatric illness and he was severely traumatised by the loss of his phone and all his contact.
He said he was in and out of hospital for treatment for anxiety and depression and the contacts on his phone were important to him.
He felt that those contacts were “now lost forever.” He said that it wouldn’t be so bad even if he had the SIM card.
Judge Kelleher emphasised the loss a number of times so that Natalie Woods would appreciate the significance of what she had done to the victim.
“All his contacts he had in the world are gone. He will never be compensated for that,” Judge Kelleher said.
Woods, who had 77 previous convictions, including nine for threatening behaviour and nine for theft, said, “I’m so sorry, I’ll buy him a new phone.” Judge Kelleher said the crime was committed last September and the victim had not been compensated and he jailed the defendant for three months.
Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said the defendant had been through a methadone treatment programme and was now off heroin and off methadone.
“It is the first time she finally kicked heroin and methadone,” Mr Kelleher said.