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Saturday 23 March 2019

Young mum caught burgling car dealer with claw hammer

Ciara Roche was caught while fleeing the scene of the raid
Ciara Roche was caught while fleeing the scene of the raid

A young mother-of-two caught burgling a car dealer- ship with a hammer was a "follower" rather than a main player in what happened, a court has heard.

Ciara Roche (20) and a co- accused fled the scene after gardai responded when the alarm was raised.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for a probation report.

Roche, of Culvert Apartments, Pim Street, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to burglary and possession of a claw hammer for use in the course of a theft.

The court heard the incident happened at Rathborne Motors in Ashtown last April 7.

Gardai received a report that two people were trying to break into cars and Roche and another person were seen exiting the building.

Dropped

They both fled on foot and a hammer was dropped. Nothing was taken.

The court heard Roche was apprehended but the other person escaped. He had since been arrested.

Roche was taken to Finglas Garda Station and was shown the hammer but made no admissions.

Judge Walsh asked if Roche was a "main player in this exercise".

A garda replied that she was not, and was "more a follower".

Roche was a young mother with two children, her solicitor Aoife McNicholl said. She was highly intoxicated on the night.

Roche was homeless at the time, but since then she had taken up stable accommodation with her children.

She had work lined up in sales with a media organisation.

Ordering a probation report, the judge said he was taking into account the fact that Roche was a "follower", was turning her life around and had expressed remorse.

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