Convict's wife stole ¤2,600 off her mum
A WOMAN who stole €2,600 from her mother's bank account was put under pressure to give money to two men who threatened that her partner would be harmed in prison.
Maria Ryan (31) took the money in amounts of €500 and €1,000 over seven days last year.
A court heard that although Ryan managed to get the money for the men, her partner, who is serving a four year prison sentence, was still injured.
The defendant, of Tor Na Ri Walk, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchards-town District Court to four counts of theft.
The incidents took place at AIB Lucan and at AIB Clondalkin in February. In total, Ryan withdrew €2,600 from her mother's bank account.
Judge Anthony Halpin ordered a probation report to see if Ryan is suitable for community service. The judge adjourned sentencing to April.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Ryan went into the two branches of AIB and took amounts ranging from €500 to €1,000 from her mother's bank account. Sgt Callaghan said the defendant's mother was not at a loss as the bank refunded the money to her.
The court heard that mother-of-four Ryan had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant's partner was in prison and she was visiting him when she was approached by two men who asked her for money.
Mr O'Doherty said Ryan was told her partner would be injured if she did not come up with the money.
The court heard that Ryan gave the men the money but her partner was still injured.
Mr O'Doherty said the defendant was a hairdresser and she had lived in England for a number of years.
He said she started taking heroin while in the UK but was now drug free and on a methadone maintenance programme.
Judge Halpin ordered a probation report and adjourned the matter to April.