Handbag snatcher 'under threat over money owed'
A HANDBAG snatcher who stole from women at two Dublin pubs was "under threat" because of financial difficulties, a court heard.
Anne Buckley (32) had received threats over her money problems and took the handbags in "opportunistic" crimes.
The case against her was adjourned for the preparation of reports when she appeared at Dublin District Court.
Buckley, of Ceannt Fort, Mount Brown, admitted two theft charges.
Garda Carmel O'Reilly told the court the accused entered the Church Bar on Mary Street at 7.20pm on January 28 and took a handbag containing property worth €447 from the back of a woman's chair.
She put it in her bag but was stopped leaving the pub.
Garda Niall McAuliffe said Buckley was stopped leaving the Lotts Bar, Dublin 1 on May 11 at 10.30pm.
Again, she had a handbag belonging to another woman in the bar and was arrested.
The thefts were committed when the accused and her partner were in "severe financial trouble", Buckley's lawyer said.
Buckley had suffered from a drug addiction from the age of 19 after she took part in a course in computers and advertising.
She had used opiates and cocaine but was now drug-free.
The thefts were opportunistic and not pre-meditated, and she was caught "essentially red-handed".
The defendant had two step-children with her partner of two years.
"There were certain difficulties and threats they had received from people in relation to money," her lawyer said.