Woman fined €30 for begging with her child

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A Romanian woman was fined €30 by Judge Catherine Staines for begging and causing a child to beg, at Portlaoise District Court.

The court heard that it had taken a number of bench warrants to get Elena Sava (40) to appear and Judge Staines noted that the matter had been before the court six times.

Sava was charged with begging at Lyster Square, Portlaoise, on March 9th 2011 and with causing a child to beg, at Lyster Square on the 2nd November 2010.

Mr Philip Meagher, defending, said that his client had failed to appear in court because she had returned to Romania to visit a sick relative.

He also said that she has settled in Ireland with her three children and names a nominal income selling magazines.

Mr Meagher also said that the offence would never happen again.

“She had a child with her, which is the serious aspect of this,’ said Judge Staines.

“Under no circumstances are children to be with her when she’s begging; she shouldn’t be begging in the first place.”

Mr Meagher said his client is trying to enrol her children in school before revealing that the annual family income is €5,000.