A 73-year-old man attending Penny Dinners was approached by a young woman who appeared to be hugging him but actually robbed him of his wallet containing €20, a bank card and his PPS card.
Detective Sergeant Katrine Tansley said the pensioner had just had a meal at Penny Dinners and was waiting for a hot drink when 26-year-old Leanne Hegarty approached and hugged him.
However, the elderly man quickly realised that she was grabbing his wallet from his pocket.
The detective said Hegarty formerly of Gurranabraher Avenue, Cork, and of no fixed address, kept pulling until she got away with the property despite the man’s efforts to protect himself and fend her off.
Hegarty pleaded guilty to carrying out this robbery at Little Hanover Street, Cork, on March 21 2020.
Garda Ian Cronin said that on the same date – in the middle of the day – Hegarty assaulted a young woman outside the Leisureplex on MacCurtain Street.
Hegarty first asked to use the woman’s phone and then got into an altercation with her. The parties were not known to each other.
The victim was knocked to the ground where Hegarty further assaulted her.
Hegarty, who was represented by Peter O’Flynn barrister, spoke up from the dock during the sentencing hearing. “I had a mental breakdown,” she said.
Garda Cronin said that when gardaí found the defendant on Lower Glanmire Road later that day she had a lot of blood on her arms and her clothing but had no signs of being injured.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said it was a busy city centre area for a young woman to end up significantly injured in the middle of the day.
The judge said Leanne Hegarty undoubtedly had issues and he said the Simon community had a good relationship with her in trying to assist her recovery.
An overall sentence of three years was imposed with the last year suspended.