A WOMAN who approached a man who stole her wallet containing over €300 was punched in the ribs by the thief who has now been jailed for two years.
Garda Lorna Healy outlined details of multiple theft-related offences committed by Roy Twohig at premises in Cork City centre.
The most serious incident occurred at Legend Barbers in the city on March 24, 2019.
Garda Healy said Twohig, aged 40, of no fixed address, removed a woman’s wallet from the premises.
The wallet contained €325 and the owner of it spotted the defendant walking out of the barbers with it.
“She followed him to a nearby premises where he disposed of the wallet in a trash can and he took the cash.
"She approached him and she was assaulted which caused her harm,” said Garda Healy.
“He punched her in the ribs a number of times causing her pain and bruising.”
Although Twohig pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing harm to the woman, his barrister Niamh Stewart described the incident differently.
“The assault on the lady was when he was trying to pass her,” Ms Stewart said.
Garda Healy said Roy Twohig had 212 previous convictions, including 81 for theft and 13 for burglary.
A total sentence of two years was imposed on Twohig for the theft and assault and several other crimes.
Other crimes to which the defendant pleaded guilty included gathering up €225 worth of clothing at Dealz on Grand Parade and leaving through a fire door without offering payment on January 25, 2019.
On March 12, 2019, he stole a mobile phone belonging to a member of staff at Market Lane on Oliver Plunkett Street and then returned a short time later claiming a reward for returning it.
Around this time he stole another phone belonging to a member of staff at Euro Giant at the other end of Oliver Plunkett Street, and stole a laptop from Candlemania on the same street.
Twohig also stole a Nintendo and seven Nintendo games from a private area of O’Brien’s off licence in Douglas.