Cork man (25) jailed for string of crimes: Victim impact statement was 'very sad reading'

Cork man (25) jailed for string of crimes: Victim impact statement was 'very sad reading'

AN eight-month jail term was imposed on a 25-year-old Cork man whose crimes included stealing a car, robbing a man of reading glasses and a packet of sweets, and stealing a car key from the reception area at Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said Mathew Ginnifer, of Batt Donnegan Place, Charleville, and St. Vincent’s hostel, Cork, accepted the penalty imposed on him and would not be appealing the sentence.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed the total sentence of eight months on Ginnifer when he pleaded guilty to a series of crimes at Cork District Court.

The judge remarked in the course of sentencing that a victim impact statement from an elderly relative of the defendant in relation to the taking of a car without permission, “made for very sad reading.” 

The crimes committed by thee 25-year-old include the following:

  • January 19, at Dealz, Daunt Square, Cork, entering a staff area as a trespasser and stealing
  • January 25, taking a car without permission of owner at St. Joseph’s Terrace, Cork, and driving without insurance at Bandon Road.
  • Using a car without consent of owner at North City Link, Blackpool on December 26, 2019.
  • December 21, 2019, robbery from person of a pair of reading glasses and liquorice sweets at Patrick Street.
  • January 21 this year, stealing an Azzura Ignite pedal cycle valued €200 at Wilton Road, Cork.

He also admitted a recent incident where he stole a car key at the reception for the CUMH.

Finally, the defendant admitted stealing property from a delivery vehicle which included envelopes containing up to €200 in cash and some vouchers.

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