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Irish knicker thief had been robbing panties since 1995

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Irish knicker thief had been robbing panties since 1995

A burglar, who is motivated by his fetish for women’s underwear, has been banned from Galway city and county by a judge for robbing undies.

The court heard that Gerard Lee, from Killeen Woods, Tralee, Co Kerry, had been nicking knickers since 1995.

Lee had also broken a victim’s €500 hat in a rage because he didn’t own one like it himself.

The lingerie loving bandit pleaded guilty at Galway District Court yesterday to burglary at a home in Forster Court, Galway on the 1st of August last year.

Lee also pleaded guilty to burglary at a house at The Elms, Forster Street, last July and to handling a woman’s purse, knowing it was stolen.

The court heard that fetish driven robber entered the house at Forster Court through an unlocked back door and took a number of items of ladies’ underwear and clothing and various other articles.

He was caught by a tenant and held until gardai arrived.

His car was searched and other items were recovered, including a Samsung tablet in a rucksack that was taken in a burglary the previous night at The Elms.

Lee was also found in possession of a woman’s purse which he said he found.

The court heard that the underpants bandit had 31 previous convictions.

“The genesis for all these burglaries and behaviour is an underlying psycho-sexual disease,” said he defence solicitor Ronan Murphy.

He handed a GP and psychological report to the court which he said would give some insight into the behaviour.

“This has been going on for 21-years. It’s cost him his marriage,” Mr Murphy said.

The court heard that Lee had attended counselling.

However, Judge Mary Fahey said “he’s been stealing ladies’ underwear as far back as 195. It’s now 2016.”

“That is a fetish now that if he was getting help for, surely it would have abated by now. “

She remanded him on bail to appear again in July and ordered him to pay €500 compensation for the broken hat.