16 Aug 2022

Granard District Court: Two month sentence for theft of purse

Granard District Court: Two month sentence for theft of purse

A man was sentenced to two months in prison at last month’s sitting of Granard District Court. 

Daniel Caldararu, 19 Buckingham Village, Buckingham Street, Dublin,  who is currently serving another sentence, came before Judge Seamus Hughes accused of the theft of a purse, containing €270, at Dunnes Stores, Dublin Road, Longford on December 17, 2015.

Giving the details of the case to the court, Superintendent Sé McCormack explained that on the date in question, the injured party was at Dunnes Stores with her mother, who was in a wheelchair. The victim’s handbag was hanging from the wheelchair and she later discovered that her purse had been stolen. 

The defendant had been identified on CCTV, he added, revealing that Mr Caldararu had 14 previous convictions, which occurred in countries including  the UK and Romania. 

In mitigation, Solicitor for the defendant, Bríd Mimnagh explained that her client was in Ireland for the past 18 months with his wife and child and had been working part-time. She also pointed out that Mr Caldararu had been handed down an eight month sentence the previous week at a court in Dublin. 

She revealed that Mr Caldararu suffered with a drug addiction, which would have led to the theft. 

Judge Hughes subsequently sentenced Mr Caldararu to two months in prison to be served concurrently to the existing sentence.  

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