Mum took €2k to pay off son's drug debt
A FRAUDSTER who stole over €2,500 from another woman's bank account to pay her son's drug debts has been ordered to complete community service or face going to jail.
Annette O'Shea (43) claimed she took the money after a group of men threatened her and demanded money to pay off her son's drug debt.
She was caught when she tried to steal a further €3,000 from the same woman's account the following day.
The initial €2,598 had already been handed over to the dealers, a court heard.
The defendant, of White Oaks in Clonskeagh, admitted to deceiving staff at AIB in Clonskeagh on May 25, 2011 to hand over €2,598 from a woman's account.
A day later, she tried to withdraw €3,000 from the same woman's account in Finglas.
O'Shea was before the court for sentencing after a judge ordered a community services report. Judge Anthony Halpin ordered her to complete 200 hours community service in lieu of four months in prison.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan had told Blanchardstown District Court O'Shea stole a bank statement and utility bill from the victim, presented them at AIB Clonskeagh on May 25 last and induced a teller to hand her over €2,598 in cash.
Sgt Callaghan said O'Shea tried to withdraw €3,000 cash the following day from AIB in Finglas but staff became suspicious and gardai were called.
Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said O'Shea worked as a carer and in the catering industry and was never in any trouble before 2009.
In that year, her brother took his own life and O'Shea started drinking heavily and taking anti-depressants.
Mr Kenny said O'Shea stole the money because people called round to her house demanding money to pay off son's drug debt.
The court heard the bank has reimbursed the victim for the money taken from her account.