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Teen girl posed as carol singer and tried to force elderly woman to hand over money

Teen girl posed as carol singer and tried to force elderly woman to hand over money

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl pretended to be a Christmas carol singer in a bid to force an elderly Dublin woman to hand over money, a court has heard.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded on bail pending sentence by Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

The girl, who was accompanied to court by her lawyer and an aunt, pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing causing fear at the woman's home in Park Villa in Castleknock on December 21 last.

Garda Patricia Davey told Judge O'Connor the girl knocked at the front door of a woman who is in her late seventies. “She claimed she was carol singing,” Gda Davey said, adding that the girl then started shouting “give me the money” at the woman.

The girl had been unaware that someone else was in the house and that person chased the teenager away.

The girl, who is from Romania, was arrested and brought to Blanchardstown Garda station where he claimed she felt unwell and “attempted to make herself sick” after which she was brought to hospital.

The teenage mother-of-one later received a summons to face court and had one prior conviction for which she was placed on probation.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan said the girl knows her offence was dreadful and Judge O'Connor was asked to note the girl had pleaded guilty with Gda Davey being informed in advance.

The defence lawyer asked the court to consider a restorative justice approach toward her client.

Judge O'Connor said he would if he thought the girl was genuinely remorseful and realised the effect she had on the woman; he also said the offence seemed to have been “very organised”.

The case was adjourned for five weeks to allow time for a pre-sentence probation report to be drafted and furnished to the court.