Date Published: 30-May-2011
A woman who knocked two 13 years old schoolgirls to the ground, where she kicked them to the face and robbed one of her phone, was sentenced to 18 months in prison when she came before Galway District Court yesterday.
Josephine Mongan (22), with an address at 24 Gaelcarraig Park, Newcastle, had pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and with being drunk in public at Old Monivea Road on April 12 last.
Her co-accused, Joanna Crawford (21), with addresses at 47 Corrach Bui, Rahoon, and 20 Gilmartin Road, Tuam, pleaded guilty to robbery and with being threatening and abusive, and drunk, in public on the same occasion.
As she was being led away from the court by five Gardaí the mother of three shouted: “Sort the two little whores out.”Garda Denise Kellegher told the court that the two defendants approached the injured parties, who were dressed in school uniforms at the time, looking for cigarettes on the date in question.
When they replied that they had none, and as they attempted to get away, Mongan pulled one of them to the ground, causing her mobile phone to fall out.The two women became very aggressive, and demanded cigarettes and money. Mongan then turned her attention to the second school girl, also knocked her to the ground, and kicked both to their stomach and face. She emptied the second girl’s schoolbag onto the ground looking for her mobile phone, but did not find one. She then produced a broken bottle from inside her jacket and threatened both with it.
The teenagers fled to the home of one of their brothers. He took them out in his car to find the women, who were subsequently arrested.
The defendants were in such an intoxicated state at the time of arrest – having consumed a cocktail of drugs and alcohol – that a doctor said they could not be questioned for six hours.
The court heard that Mongan had 18 previous convictions, among them numerous for theft, for which she received prison sentences.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy imposed a nine month prison sentence each for the theft charges, and took the third matter into account.
Hearing that Crawford had 17 previous convictions, including those for assault, theft and public order – for which she received a suspended sentence in December – Judge McCarthy remanded the defendant in custody to appear before the Judge who imposed the penalty, Judge Mary Fahy, on June 8.
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.