A Roma woman with no income has been caught in a Catch-22 where she is now begging to pay €1,000 in fines imposed on her for begging.
Dennis Healy, solicitor, said Sachira Rostas, 23, of 80 College Road Cork, was now in a Catch-22 situation.
Inspector John Deasy said she was harassing people and begging from them as they walked along Oliver Plunkett Street after 3am on Sunday, October 18.
Judge John King said: “There is no excuse. She has been cautioned by a guard shortly beforehand to stop doing this but she ignores this and is actively harassing people. She has previous convictions and has €1,000 in fines for similar offences which she has not paid.”
Mr Healy said: “Her partner cleared out and left her, as is becoming very common now. She has €1,000 in fines for begging and that is driving her on to more begging. It is a Catch-22.”
Judge King imposed a three-week jail sentence, suspended on condition she does not commit offences in the next six months.
In a separate case, Minerva Rostas, a 35-year-old mother of three of 46 Evergreen Road, Turner’s Cross, who is only in Ireland for a couple of months, was caught causing an obstruction by begging on South Mall on October 9 and again outside the Holy Trinity Church on Father Mathew Street on October 14.
Judge King fined her €100 for the first offence and €150 for the second one.
In another case, Pamela Rostas, 23, also of 80 College Road, was caught begging in the city on September 15 and 22. Mr Healy said, “Her partner has cleared out... she was left begging to survive.”
She had a previous begging conviction. She got two more yesterday and fines of €200 and €300.
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