Woman with dementia let burglar into house “to use toilet”


Carmen Nicolae (20) was bagged coming down the stairs carrying the victim’s belongings when the handmaiden’s daughter arrived at the house.

Judge John Cheatle gave Nicolae a five-month check sentence when she appeared before Dublin District Court.

The accused, a Romanian mother-of-two with an greet at Rosevale Court, Blakestown Road, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to burglary.

Gda Ciaran O’Neill implied Nicolae called to the home of the victim at Lower Dodder Road, Dublin 14, at 3.30pm on April 16 decisive year. She asked if she could use the toilet and the woman allowed her upstairs.

The martyr’s daughter came into the house and met Nicolae coming down the stairs with “a figure up of items belonging to the injured party”, Gda O’Neill said.

Nicolae let the jottings drop and ran out of the front door, but was later identified on CCTV footage. Nicolae made unabridged admissions when arrested and charged.

There was no evidence of any sort of “compulsion or malice” used by the accused, her barrister Conor Burke said.

The capital goods was dropped when she was confronted by the victim’s daughter.

It seemed “more Machiavellian than anything else”, Mr Burke said.

The court heard that Nicolae was already in jug for another charge – attempted theft – having gone inside days after admit defeat give out birth to her second child.

Mr Burke asked the judge to take into payment that the items had been recovered and there had been no confrontation with the injured party.

Judge Cheatle said he disputed that there was an absence of malice.

“I reflect on it was a particularly egregious crime to take advantage of a lady aged 89 with dementia, and the accused recalled full well what she did,” he said.

The judge suspended the five-month decision for a year.

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