Pregnant #Limerick woman jailed for stealing from pensioner


limerickcircuitcourt-2A PREGNANT #Limerick woman who posed as a charity collector and stole €600 from a pensioner, has been jailed after she withdrew her appeal against a series of convictions at Limerick Circuit Court.

Andrienna Williams (34) of Elm Green Close, Elm Park, Castletroy who has more than 60 previous convictions, had lodged an appeal against a nine months jail term on 26 charges of theft, obtaining money by deception and having false permits for collection for charities.

Ms Williams, who is eight months pregnant, was also convicted of thefts, trespass and other deceptions when she posed as a charity collector.

In one instance, she targeted an 87-year-old woman in the Farranshone area of Limerick city on May 12 of last year.

The woman had left her door open as she went out to her car. Andrienna Williams went in to the house and stole her purse which contained €600 she had saved to pay for repair work and home heating oil.

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Ms Williams made no offer to pay back the money.

She was convicted in relation to other incidents that occurred on Mulcaire Drive in Annacotty; Cherryfield, Oakfields and Thornfields in Monaleen; Shelbourne Road, Ballinacurra and the Dooradoyle areas of Limerick on various dates in 2014 and 2015.

Gardaí had been alerted to a woman posing as a charity collector after people became suspicious of her identity documents.She would enter the houses if there was no answer to her call and steal various items.

Ms Williams was jailed for nine months and had another nine month sentence suspended for two years.

However when her appeal was ready to be heard by Judge Tom O’Donnell at Limerick Circuit Court last week, Ms Williams withdrew her appeal and agreed to go to prison.

Judge O’Donnell said he would activate the prison sentence and asked that “the relevant authorities in the prison” would take her pregnancy into account.