Night porter spotted woman crawling through Imperial Hotel during burglary

Night porter spotted woman crawling through Imperial Hotel during burglary

A NIGHT porter at the Imperial Hotel in Cork saw a woman on security crawling on her hands and knees after 5am at the hotel café where the contents of the cash register were stolen.

A young woman who was with a man in the course of this incident pleaded guilty to her part in the burglary at the Imperial on South Mall, Cork, on August 20, 2018.

Courtney O’Donoghue, aged 22, of 44 Glencurrig, South Douglas Road, appeared at Cork District Court today where Inspector Ronan Kennelly outlined the background to the 5.20am burglary on that date.

“The night porter in the Imperial observed a male exiting the café in the lobby of the hotel which was closed to the public at the time. 

"He immediately started running and the porter followed him on foot. He saw him drop a cash box outside the door of the hotel making good his escape.

“On returning to the hotel with the cash box the night porter observed a female exiting through the main door.

“CCTV footage showed her crawling on her hands and knees behind the counter of the café,” Inspector Kennelly said.

She also admitted her part in a theft two days earlier at the bus station on Parnell Place when a 77-year-old man was counting his cash on his lap when someone grabbed some of the cash and ran off. 

The inspector said the man with the defendant was the one who was more heavily involved in the crime but that there was an element of joint enterprise.

Insp. Kennelly said the elderly man died last year. Judge O’Leary said that because the complainant was deceased he would dismiss that theft charge.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the young woman was very vulnerable and got herself involved in a relationship with the man referred to by the inspector and ended up with an addiction difficulty.

“She was very much on the periphery of these matters,” the solicitor said, adding that she had engaged in rehabilitation.

Judge O’Leary put her on a 12-month probation bond, to be reviewed in four months to check her progress.

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