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Limerick couple plead guilty to stealing €50k from 83-year old pensioner

Michael Mullane (36) and Suzanne Stokes (35), both with an address at Liosan, Gortboy pleaded guilty on Wednesday to six counts
Michael Mullane (36) and his partner Suzanne Strokes (35). Photo: Brendan Gleeson

Michael Mullane (36) and his partner Suzanne Strokes (35). Photo: Brendan Gleeson

David Raleigh

A couple in their mid-30s, from Co Limerick, pleaded guilty to charges relating to the theft of €50,000 from an 83-year old man.

Michael Mullane (36) and his partner Suzanne Stokes (35), both with an address at Liosan, Gortboy, Co Limerick, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a total of six counts under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001, just moments before they were due to go on trial at Limerick Circuit Court.

Mr Mullane pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, as well as two counts of attempting to commit theft. Ms Stokes admitted two counts of possession of stolen cash.

Mr Mullane admitted that, on July 20, 2017, at Allied Irish Bank, Newcastle West, Co Limerick, he stole €30,000 belonging to the elderly victim.

Mr Mullane pleaded guilty to stealing a further €20,000 of the victim’s money, at the same banking institution on August 2, 2017.

He also admitted attempting to commit theft at an unknown location in March 2018, as well as at Garbally, Kilmeedy, Co Limerick, on April 18, 2019.

Ms Stokes pleaded guilty to possessing €30,000, which had been stolen from the victim, at Allied Irish Bank, Strand Street, Kanturk, Co Cork, on July 20, 2017.

She also admitted possession of €20,000 that was stolen from the victim,  at the AIB, Strand Street, Kanturk, on August 2, 2017.

After the couple were arraigned on their guilty pleas, Judge Pat Meghan discharged a jury that had earlier been sworn in to hear the case.

Lilly Buckley, BL, prosecuting for the State, said the two accused “are in a relationship”.

She said the victim will be providing a statement for the court about the impact the theft has had on him.

Mark Nicholas SC, defending Mr Mullane, said his client had made “significant efforts” to pay the victim back his money.

The defendants had already provided €15,000 to the victim, and hoped that all off the money would be restored to him as quickly as possible.

Details of the case were not disclosed in court.

Judge Meghan remanded the two defendants on bail to appear before Limerick Circuit Court for sentencing in October.


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