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Sunday 4 December 2016

Woman with over 500 convictions is jailed

Jailing Armstrong for 10 months, Judge Michael Walsh said it was a 'tragic case'
Jailing Armstrong for 10 months, Judge Michael Walsh said it was a 'tragic case'

A serial offender with a staggering 505 prior convictions was arrested for exposing herself in the street, screaming obscenities at tourists and stealing their drinks.

Jennifer Armstrong (40) shouted abuse of a “sexual nature” at passers-by and also narrowly avoided being hit by cars as she stood in the middle of rush-hour traffic, drinking cans of cider.

With already one of the longest criminal records ever seen at Dublin District Court, she admitted a litany of 40 new public order, theft and other offences in the city centre in the space of six weeks.

The court heard Armstrong was a homeless alcoholic with no place to stay on release from her regular prison sentences.

Jailing Armstrong for 10 months, Judge Michael Walsh said it was a “tragic case”.

All the offences happened in July and August this year.

In one incident at South Great Georges Street, Armstrong was intoxicated and exposed herself to passersby.

When she was not allowed into a pub, she took glasses from a table, smashed them and verbally abused patrons.

She was drinking cider in Temple Bar Square at 1.40pm when she spat at a garda and screamed obscenities at tourists.

She tried to steal drinks from patrons of a pub at South William Street, then ran away but was so drunk, she collapsed.

At a convenience store on College Green, she spat in the face of a female staff member.

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